“Oh yes, here she goes again…. asking questions!”
“That’s Barbara all right!”
They all laughed, me included.
Being laughed at stung a bit, but it was all in good humor; my friend was just stating facts. And he was oh-so-right.
The truth is, you can’t be around me very long without being subjected to a question or two…
I can’t remember a time when I did not love to ask questions. And I love just as much to listen to the answers. Every time, it reaffirms to me how marvelously different we all are, and each answer reveals a bit of how that person’s brain works. This is fascinating to me.
Over the years, I have developed the art of asking better questions. Questions that make one think, questions that challenge the status-quo, questions that uncover flawed thinking, beauty, racism, kindness, bigotry, or a heart of gold. Questions that make people think and grow and feel alive and thankful. Questions whose answers could potentially change the course of someone’s life.
And my heart is thrilled, excited, on fire when I do. I feel full of purpose.
As I challenged a life coaching client with a difficult question, she answered, “I don’t know.” But I knew and she knew that that was a cheap answer. So I pushed a bit more. Eventually, a true answer emerged.
And at that moment, I saw a flicker of understanding in her eyes.
And at that moment, revelation hit me like a ton of bricks: God is using my quirkiness!
Unbeknowst to me, I built my entire business on this characteristic written deep down in my DNA.
This quirkiness of mine, it has somehow become my professional trademark, the very thing that brings my daily bread, the very thing that makes me thrilled to go to work every single day.
All I can do is marvel at the ways of my Creator.
So,… what is YOUR quirkiness, and how is it contributing to YOUR life?
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