The Questions We Ask

This month we’re taking a look at some of the wisdom of women throughout the ages.  Today our featured inspirational woman is Jane Goodall.  Jane has spent much of her life speaking out for chimps and other primates and encouraging us to be better stewards of the earth and natural resources around us.  Through her time in nature Jane has been able to get a different understanding of us humans, which helps us all understand ourselves better.  Jane said:

“What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions, a consequence of our sophisticated spoken language.”

From our earliest days of being able to talk, we ask questions.  If you’re a parent or have spent any time around kids, they love to ask questions.  They ask questions like it’s their job, and quite honestly it probably is.  The best ways to learn things are by trying and by asking questions.

I’ve learned that one of the best ways to be successful is by asking empowering questions that help you reveal the challenges, blockages and possibilities that exist within your current situation.  I don’t think you can really get past your current challenges if you don’t ask some questions about how you got there, what you want next or instead, and how to get there.

This week I encourage you to really watch the questions you ask.  Asking “why me!?” won’t get you anywhere good!  Try asking more helpful and revealing questions like “what better opportunities are coming my way?”  “I wonder…?” and “what can I do to turn this situation around?”  Yes, it’s a little scary because you’re no longer stewing in the problem, but rather working towards finding and creating solutions that get you to where you want to go.  If the animals can figure out how to coexist and work together without the extensive verbal communication skills we have, I know that asking a few questions can not only transform your life, but also the world.


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