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I Have a Question …

Puzzled Look“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”  (Max Dupree)

I have a question for you this morning …

Why are we so reluctant to ask questions?

In a group, most people sit and quietly listen …

In a class, most students listen and take notes …

During a meeting, people do all kinds of things …

… But asking a thoughtful and well-stated question is relatively rare in these situations, at least in my experience.

I teach with an emphasis on Socratic questioning, which just means asking questions to get students to think longer and in more depth about the topic.

When I coach or counsel, questions are my primary tool to help others gain insight and develop strategies for change.

Questions create dialogues.  Questions stimulate thought.  Questions matter.

Questions are the tools that unlock our potential, create our realities, and prepare us for our futures.   

Even in these situations, where questions are frequent and often useful, most people do not ask them.   As a person whose motivation is to help others, this is quite frustrating.

“Confidence never comes from having all the answers, but rather from being open to all the questions.”    (Earl Gray Stevens)

Therefore, the question of the morning remains:

Why are we so reluctant to ask questions?

… or is my experience abnormal enough to nullify this question?

Asking lots of questions this morning in the Heartland ….


Making Plans …














Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

Daniel H. Burnham

Why accomplish small things when you can accomplish big things by adjusting your aim and vision?

When we start talking about stirring someone’s blood, you had best be stirring your own first.  Then you can see to motivating others to join your quest or even begin their own.

I personally believe that the largest blocks to this way of thinking consists of our own fears about what might happen.

So if you must fear something, fear this:

I won’t try and thus insure my own failure …

Trying to follow my own advice in the Heartland …


Vision …



Sometimes our vision is cloudy, the details vague and indistinct …

Vision 2

Sometimes we cannot see because much is hidden and we glimpse only a part …

Our tendency is to become frustrated or despair that we will never know what we need to know.  We might even deny that what we seek really exists.   These responses are not useful to us.

What we seek to know is there … we just cannot see it yet.

When an airplane takes off, even in very stormy weather, it eventually climbs beyond the clouds and we are dazzlingly reminded that the sun shines every day, whether we see it or not.

Even if we are just gazing at the clouds, they eventually drift and change.  Nothing remains the same.

Just thought I should remind you … something to consider over the weekend, as you grapple with whatever life is handing you to grapple with.  Maybe you need help seeing through the mist or enlarging the scope of your vision.

Trying to look beyond the haze in the Heartland ….