The words are reflective and powerful. Patchett made me see the universality of "what now?" as a byproduct of ordinary living (read: time management), but the question of course resonates at a far deeper level. Isn't there something essential about answering to "what now?"
Something I've always wondered -- is a book good because of the story it tells or how it's told? Then I remember the best books are a perfect combination of both -- which is the case with State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.