Can we be inspired to Think Again?

Why?

What if our cherished beliefs are only relatively right?

What if our minds could open wide enough to truly listen beyond the polarities of right and wrong?

Is life a yes or no argument? Does good come up against evil like a boxer in yonder sparring ring?

Is it all black and white or–look around your living room–is it more like whitegreenblueyelloworangetanpurple surrounded by empty space?

Is this a poem or a book review? And do you want to think again after your mind rushes in with an answer?

Might you want to read “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant?

Did you know it’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller? Do you care? Did you know I got it from my new library app called Libby three weeks ago? Then the book just didn’t seem interesting so the loan expired? But I decided to read ten pages before it disappeared and immediately felt compelled to borrow it yet again?

Can you sense that I’m inspired by this book to ask more questions, to embrace being wrong, to think again?

Do you know why this poem asks question after question?

Do you think it’s because readers might learn something from the book? Do you imagine it’s because he’s revealed the value in asking questions, and asking more questions, and asking yet more questions?

Do you want to know some of the chapter titles? Like The Joy of Being Wrong? Dances with Foes? Charged Conversations? Escaping Tunnel Vision?

Do you like poems that are all questions? Or do you prefer book reviews that tell you something? Or is it all muddled and shades of gray like–sometimes I like questions and sometimes I like information and sometimes I like the space in the living room that highlights a multitude of colors?

Might you be inspired to write a comment in question form? Or would you prefer to do otherwise?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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29 Responses to Can we be inspired to Think Again?

  1. There is so much to learning – but how do we know we’ve learned something? What if we latch onto something that is actually incorrect but we think is correct? Should I say Hi Kathy? I will … Hi Kathy.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    You mean I can write a comment as a question? Who knew this? Of course while I can write a comment as a question, the real issue is: should I write a comment as a question?

  3. Susan D. Durham says:

    Was it really hard to write an entire blog of questions only? Do you know that I find it oddly refreshing? Is that because questions are cool instead of the all-too-common-these-days decisive “I know” statements? Is there a perpetual wonder in the why? Do you know I love you?

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Tuning in and being aware of what is being channeled to others and ourselves is so important. It can be wonderfully eye opening, uplifting, disturbing, or something else in the wave of social media aimed at personal concerns and attachment to what appears to be answers!
    When we see the reality can we relinquish some questions? At least for now?

  5. Val Boyko says:

    Look within for what resonates … 💖

  6. leelah saachi says:

    Will I ever find an answer when I ask all the time? or will the answer come via yet another question? will I make myself bunkers doing this? How long will I be able to put this off without putting everybody off?
    now that is a question- or is it?
    is this making me giggly?

    • Kathy says:

      You are causing me to think again, Leelah. Thank you! I was overjoyed and excited to express myself in question form last night. But perhaps missed-the-mark in expressing that the author is suggesting to ask questions of others as a way of drawing them out. Finding out what they believe rather than what we have to assume about them. That questioning others improved our relationships instead of operating on assumptions about what we think others might think.

  7. Are rhetorical questions acceptable? Or is that not a pertinent question? Would it be rude to ask you a probing question? Have you ever heard of a funnel question? Or were you thinking mostly of open questions?

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, thank you for playing along! I am not sure I was thinking at all while writing this post—mostly swept up in the joy of wondering if it was possible to write like this. I have never heard of a funnel question. Can you share more about it? (That’s what Adam advises in his book for truly drawing people out, rather than assuming we know the answer. And then perhaps asking when you feel it’s valuable to ask a funnel question and when open-ended is best. But a blog comment space is kinda limited for a conversation that big, so no worries about answering unless you’re called.)

      • How wonderful to find joy in exploring a different way of writing! I found it exhausting — lol! Funnel questions usually don’t stand alone, but are a series of leading questions. I should have asked if you had ever heard of funnel questions. Found this definition online: “By becoming broader or more narrow, these question sequences make the theoretical shape of a funnel, either leading toward specific facts with close-ended questions or inviting additional information with open-ended questions.”

        • Kathy says:

          Isn’t it funny how sometimes a new way of relating can be exhausting and other times exciting? Maybe it depends on where it’s coming from–if we’re trying to do it from our mind or if it’s coming from the Universal dance. Some blog posts can be just tiring–I found writing the factual one about copper mining exhausting. Whereas the question blog felt like sugar plums dancing onto the keyboard. *grin*

      • PS — And I think you asked me a funnel question. Did you do that on purpose? 🙂

  8. Shirley Khodja says:

    Do you have any idea how much you’ve piqued my curiosity about that book? How long does it take to place an order on Amazon (hint: done!)?

  9. earthcomplex says:

    I love your ramblings. Someday learning to make beauty with my words will happen. Until then I will keep my mouth shut and learn all I can about learning to grow.

    • Kathy says:

      Earth complex, thank you so much. I mean REALLY thank you–for your compliment, for learning to grow, for your hope for the future. May the beauty that is in your heart leap into words exactly when it’s meant to leap.

  10. Is life just one long question? Isn’t curiosity what keeps life interesting?

  11. Stacy says:

    I like books that teach me something – a new fact, a new thought, a way to understand. Fiction or non-fiction. I rarely read just to be entertained. It can be exhausting. 😉

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  13. I have read this book, too, and found it interesting. The story on the firefighters at the start was really good.

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