Thursday, July 3, 2008


Today, as we were beading 4th of July jewelry to sell in the campground, Sagan asks out of the blue, “Should I stop asking questions about life, and just start living it?”
Needless to say, I was floored.
I asked her, “Well, what are the benefits of asking questions?”
She said that when you ask questions, you learn more and more, and it might give her a clue as to what her purpose is, and why she is here.
I asked her, “What are the negative aspects of asking questions?”
“I might just worry and not enjoy ANYTHING. I'm just afraid of taking the wrong path."
I explained that most paths do not dead end, and that you can ALWAYS change course if you don't like where it's going.
I told her that maybe there was some kind of balance in there somewhere. That her “purpose” today may be different from her “purpose 10 years from now. I told her I never saw any wrong in asking questions, but I saw nothing wrong with “just living” either, because in “just living” many questions are answered. Sometimes even things you didn’t know you wanted to ask, you find answers to.
What a deep mind for a 10 year old. I see her doing amazing things.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can see from your response how you've modeled the value of not just asking questions, but asking open-ended questions, the kind that really get you somewhere.
What a gift to give, and a gift to have!
-Steph117 (MDC)