The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.Ruby Dee
I have no idea who Ruby Dee is, but I really like her quote so I had to share it with you. I think it’s important to question when we don’t feel something is quite right. I think it’s good to question when you want more information and enjoy learning. I think many of us hold back from questioning because we don’t want to appear less intelligent. However, as time goes by, I find that questioning is fascinating! It allows a deeper give and take conversationally between people which is good!
Because learning something new everyday is a gift and something I strive for each day. Even if it’s only a trivial something, I feel like I’ve checked that off my list for intellectual, emotional growth. Do you like to learn something new everyday too?
What keeps our brains sharpened is continual learning. I remember when one of my children was young and repetitively asked us ‘why’ over and over. He genuinely wanted to know the answer to every question he asked, but many times I didn’t know ‘why’ or ‘how’ something worked or didn’t. This was before google was so mainstream and I couldn’t just GTS (google that stuff). To this day, now grown up, he still yearns to know ‘why’ but now he looks it up, reads and researches and is my teacher when he shares what he’s learned about different subjects. I love it!
There’s a finesse when it comes to questioning in order to get the answer. We don’t need to be belligerent about it, but simply calm. We don’t want to put others on the defensive when it comes to questioning because we’d prefer a shared experience in the connection.
So the next time someone questions you, think about it. They may only be wanting to connect with you, to learn from you and are genuinely interested in knowing more about what you already know! How amazing is that!
Enjoy your Sunday and never give up your childlike ability to question….it keeps the mind young and vibrant!