“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” – Og Mandino
I was watching “The Imitation Game” based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma”. There was one scene that hit me really hard. It was about asking questions. To see what I mean, check out the movie!
It just reminded me of how important it is to keep our eyes and ears fresh. The answers for our biggest questions can come from the most unexpected places.
Here’s a shortlist!
There are of course countless other ways to pose questions but these are a good starting point.
To me the “Why?” question stands out. If there’s one question we ought to be asking more it’s simply “Why?”.
The natural follow up questions are of course “How?” and “What?”.
Since we need other people to make things happen in this world the “who?” is really up there. We need to ask “Who?” in order to find what people we want to surround ourselves with. Doesn’t matter if it’s “Who can I help?” or “Who can help me?”. It’s about the connection we want to make.
What we need to do next is to not force an answer to appear. Just come back to the question every now and then. We’ll train our brain to keep looking for an answer.
A friend of mine asked themselves “Who can I turn to for guidance?”. Well, once the question was asked they found someone who’d been down that road. Once the student is ready, the master will appear.
This really counts for something. There have been other travellers that have gone before us. We should be searching for those people. We can’t always go the exact same route but in some ways they can guide us in the general direction and tell us what hazards to look out for.
Sometimes the answer’s been sitting right in front of us all along without us even noticing, sometimes it might come straight out of the blue or from simply having a good time with the ones we love.