Living the Questions

Supporting ourselves with new insights.

Words and music by Sarah Pirtle © 2020, Discovery Center Music, BMI.


1. Tell me where it hurts inside?

What do you need to be shouting?

The world we knew has come apart.

Is there a way you are hiding?



I have the heart to hold it all.    

To this voice I’ll be true.

The Source of Life rises deep inside,

and says I am reaching for you. 

Rising, rising, listening deep inside.

Holding, loving. Our hearts are side by side. 

Living the questions.


2. Where in me needs to be heard? 

What do I need to be speaking?

What will help me to feel known? 

Where am I quiet as breathing?


3. What is the gift that I can give?  

How do I get back to center?

Where is a voice I have not used? 

What new door can I enter?

About this Song:

The inspiration came from an online worship service March 22, 2020 of CLF, the Church of the Larger Fellowship, which is a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls that connects people all over the world. Ali Bell-Delgado, Learning Fellow and a candidate for UU ministry, suggested that people could take care of themselves by asking questions, such as, “What helps me be okay?” and “What do I need to feel heard?” That felt so important that I wanted to share it in a song.

Ali urged us to ask ourselves, "What ways of being will help you feel safe moment by moment?" This was early on during sheltering in, and I kept working on ways to work with these insights.

The title comes from the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke who talks about asking the questions now in our lives and living into the answers.