Counting the Omer with David Yarus
Day 42 — Asking Pertinent Questions
Shoel K’Inyan • שואל כענין
By Michelle Princenthal, Agoura Hills, CA
Can We Change the World By Asking Pertinent Questions?
I believe we can!
Every day, in every aspect of our society, people are struggling to speak and listen to one another. They struggle to have effective dialog and respectful conversations. Families argue, colleagues have heated debates, and politicians attack each other in dishonorable disputes. Winning seems to be the objective — convincing the others that they are wrong and we are right.
What if all of our important verbal exchanges consisted entirely of asking each other questions, then silently listening? Questions such as:
What if we listened in contemplative silence while others expressed their perspective?
You might feel that this is a simplistic answer to a complicated problem. However, questions are powerful tools. They give us the opportunity to share stories, feelings, views, perspectives, and values. This sharing can help us to develop new connections and discover new perspectives within ourselves, our families, workplaces, communities, and even the world.
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