The important thing is to never stop questioning. Albert Einstein
No many really becomes a fool until he stops asking question. Charles P Steinmetz
He who nothing questions, nothings learn. Anonymous
A questioning spirit is an indication of a desire to learn and grow. There are those who question and those who accept things without question. Those who question desire to know more and to understand why things are the way they are. Questioning is a part of experiencing, learning, growing, and becoming.
Some of us embrace status quo and it is not in our nature to question. The status quo represents safety, security and protection from risk. It is also synonymous with being in the confines of our comfort zone. We assume things are the way they are for good reason. We feel the risks of asking questions are not worth the potential rewards. We do not question, “Why?” We assume others look out for us; they are smarter, more intelligent and have our best interests at heart. They lead, we follow. This “blinder” approach may not be the best approach.
Asking questions and seeking answers is mentally a physical fitness program. It exercises and feeds our brain and stretches and grows our minds. In the process we gain wisdom and understanding. Some of us have stunted our mental growth because we do not ask enough questions. We are mentally lazy. A questioning attitude keeps us alert and mentally engaged. An appropriate analogy is the inquisitive and energetic nature of young children; asking questions faster than we can provide answers. They have an insatiable desire to learn and grow. We should learn from their example. Having a questioning attitude, not accepting the status quo, looking for a better way; all of these provide mental stimulation that helps our growth and development. In some respects if we are not mentally growing, we are mentally dying.
The adage: “if you do things as you always have, you will always get the same results”; tells us that we need to seek new and better ways. It is a good thing to seek and acquire information for making things better. Where would we be if the Wright brothers, Franklin, Edison and others never sought answers to their questions?
Becoming a better “us”, takes a sense of healthy dissatisfaction. We should seek ways to rebuild and remodel the present model of ourselves. This involves a questioning process. “Have I lived up to my potential?” Are there things I need to change, do, accomplish? Depending upon how we answer, we still have much work to do.
Challenge: Your mind should be mentally dynamic and energized. It wants to be fed, exercised, and developed. It is your most important asset. Having a questioning attitude adds to your mental well-being. Commit to asking more questions. Become an agent of change. Use questions to help develop your talents and abilities. Your questioning mind, your creative energies and insights and ideas enable you to do and become a better you.
Wisdom: The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning…For by doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we arrive at truth. Peter Abelard
And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Philippians 1:9
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Pt 1:5
If any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
One question everyone seems to have is “Why am I here?” followed closely by “What is the purpose of all this?”, “Is there a God?” and many more. Some prefer to remain ignorant and keep their heads buried in the sand. Some are afraid to know the truth. There is a spirit within us that wants to know. It comes from God. He put it there. We will never be happy or satisfied until we start seeking and find the answers. God has answers.
Prayer: Help me to let go and let you. Please mold me and make me into what you designed me to be.