Rev. Jimmie Scott
One of the downsides of being a person who has trained himself, or herself to be continuously aware of their surroundings, is you are more apt to see, notice, or hear things that the casual observer may not.
Recently, while standing in line at an electronics repair store I was in such a setting. Two spaces in front of me there was what I assumed to be, a mother and child. The child was asking a lot of questions and apparently the adult had gotten frustrated from the incessant questioning, so she told the toddler to “Stop asking so many stupid questions!”
Later, on my way home, I thought about the many adults I have encountered in my work and studies who have been subjected to this kind of behavior and have not ever consciously grown beyond it. As fully-grown adults they think they are stupid, dumb, can’t learn or any number of other false beliefs.
Having witnessed this situation, I had to question myself as to how many false tapes are still running in my consciousness.
One vivid reminder is a high school coach who victimized me and other team members by telling us we were never going to amount to anything simply because we didn’t want to spend all of our free time concentrating on the sport. I still remember the jubilation the whole team had when he was fired, and we got a new coach and became a much better team.
I pray that little boy does not allow that experience to stop him from asking questions.
There are no stupid questions!
The old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat” may have some validity. But without some curiosity, I doubt if many of the world’s greatest inventions would exist.
“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” ― Eckhart Tolle
Bon voyage, Friend!
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