“I need answers right now, to all problems of my life”, said the student. “Very well, even if you get those answers right in your face, you wouldn’t notice them, unless you have the questions ready”, replied the Sensei.
From a simple pleasantry to the most important decision, questions play a key role in preparing the turf for answers to be understood and be effective. Most influential speakers start the conversation by positioning the right questions into the audience and setting them up for receiving the rest of their presentation. And so do the smart consultants positioning an offering with customers – “If I were you, I would ask the following questions…”, they say. And answer them appropriately with a winning proposition. The converse is also true, most often the audience gets bored if they don’t get an answer to the fundamental question – “What am I doing here listening to this speaker? What’s in it for me?”
Questions are a great way to think and reflect, leading to new learning. They also depict sincerity & humility (when asked with an intent to acknowledge lack of understanding & eagerness to learn). Of course getting to a good question is by itself a sign of maturity, practice and orientation that one has undertaken via a gradual unfolding process to get to questions like – “Why did the apple hit the ground? (Sir Issac Newton)” or “What is the true purpose of life? (several mahatmas & seers)”.
As someone said, “a good question precedes a great insight” and “all learning happens between questions and answers”. Here’s to all of us to gain experience and wisdom to get to the right questions and getting there faster by encouraging others around to do the same.
A wise companion to a confused mind
A lively jolt to the routine of the grind
As a beautiful symbol from the concerned and kind
A spark that sets the fire of the find
The one that changed histories of mankind
The one that laid paths to a foreign land
The one which can cause many a wrongs to unwind
The one which can bestow path to the beyond
A friend of crusaders in battling the bind
Igniting new thinking giving light to the blind
A push to the curious one, gently expanding the line
A pull to the humble one, new learning to divine
To a great beginning and the measure of a good conclusion
Adding purpose and depth, to many a reflection
Oh what would the world do without your mission?
Live long and be safe thou kind & curious question