“Life is full of questions.
Idiots are full of answers.”
My kids (Jane 11, and Sam 9) ask incessant questions.
What about this?
What about that?
If you have kids or are around them a lot you know what I mean.
At the start it’s endearing. But after a while it can be ‘mind-numbing’…:)
But what I love is when they ask questions that are not that easy to answer or indeed about things I know nothing about.
Here are some recent ones…
- Do you believe in God?
- How many kinds of bees are there? (I thought there was only one! – turns out there are over 25,000 species of bees!)
- How do bees know what to do?
Thankfully we haven’t got to the birds and the bees question yet…:)
As the above quote states, life is full of questions.
And kids are full of life. Hence the relentless question assault!
The danger as we become adults is that we stop asking questions.
Stop being curious.
Perhaps because we ‘think’ we know the answers. Or we know enough.
Often when meeting with clients I’ll see that they’re consumed with a problem or problems.
Often a left of field question helps to change the problem mindset into a more constructive one. For example:
What could this obstacle or problem make possible?
How can you grow in this situation?
What should you be learning in this challenge/situation?
Questions don’t have to just be about getting information about things like bees and God.
They are a powerful way to help you and the people around you make progress.
To shift your inner perspective and see new possibilities. To get unstuck.
Food for thought…
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