What's the Question?
Updated: Jan 23
How can I create a better life for my family?
That is a question I am constantly asking myself.
Of course, there is a hint of selfish ambition to create a better life for my self as well, but I figure that a better life for my family will inherently lead to a better life for me. At least that is how I justify the selfish version of that question. It sounds logical enough to me.
Don't get me wrong, life isn't bad. On the contrary, it's wonderful. But I want to make it better. If you have read anything I've written, then you know that daily improvement is something that I prioritize, and I'm looking for answers. However, I often find myself without a question.
If you don't have a question or questions to start with, it makes it difficult to know where to look for the answers. This leads me to think that I haven't exercised my curiosity capabilities nearly enough.
I admire the curiosity of all 3 of my children. At times, the impossible curiosity of a 2 or 3 year old might push parents toward the brink of insanity. I've also observed that, often, the questions asked by a teenager aren't always inspired by curiosity but by laziness of thought because they don't want to use their brains to find the answer. I'm sure that I was never that way.
Too often, in my opinion, young people are told what to think. Taking an approach that encourages curiosity is probably a better idea. It might even help cleanup some of the intellectual sloth that is evident in more than just the teenage demographic. Without curiosity, we'll live in a world where people are clueless as to how to solve their own problems. I think we can all agree that problem solving skills are pretty important.
My hope is that I can foster an environment in our home that encourages my children to be intensely curious. I wish I was better at it, and I intend to see to it that I improve.
It's time to stop prioritizing the answers and start seeking better questions.
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