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ABC Resolution: query

QUERY

What if ‘what if’ mattered?

Query, to simply ask questions. Recent human development research states children no longer ask ‘why?’ as early as age six. Unfortunately, most children have been so ignored, disregarded, shot down, shut down and even punished for being their natural, curious selves, they have learned that asking questions is a really bad thing. But by query is how humans grow. Simple curiosity allows our species to survive and thrive.

It appears rote learning and memorizing has left most of us devoid of curiosity. So much so, we appear to be devolving, just as the hue and cry to evolve and innovate has become deafening. Flipping learning on end, we now seem to value the right answer over the provocative question. We have forgotten, as important it is to know of something that occurs, it is exponentially more important to know why.

The next time someone ask ‘why?’, whether young or old, support their curiosity. Listen and ask questions in return. Encourage and reward critical thinking and conversation toward mutual validation and respect. Keep all discussions open-ended. Most importantly, don’t lead others to your predetermined hypotheses, assumptions and conclusions. Query is what leads to invention, continuous learning and the ongoing evolutions of people, business and society. We are designed to never stop learning and exploring.

resolve to: be curious
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ABC Resolution: imperfection

imperfection 

April 23 -  May 6
What if the perfect picture of you wasn’t perfect?

Imperfection, the hallmark of our humanity, gives us strength to explore what is different about ourselves. Without physical imperfection, we would not uncover our unique beauty. Without personality imperfection, we would not try to become better people. Without systematic imperfection, we would not strive to improve our existence. Without human imperfection, we would not evolve. Imperfection is not a weakness, rather the portent of our potential.

Imperfection is:
A ripple on a pool of stagnant water creating energy and flow; A lopsided grin on a smooth face exposing the brain behind the mask; A chip in a slab of granite connecting us to the earth whence it came; Air bubbles in blown glass, remnants of the breath that blew it into shape; Errors in a computer program reminding us that perfection is a man-made construct.

When we embrace imperfection, we find talent yet to be developed. By its very existence, imperfection tells us that we, our world and our universe, are all meant to be imperfect.

 resolve to:
celebrate flaws

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Acknowledging imperfection is most important when it causes us to question what about us is the same. We are constantly bombarded with the formulas for perfect, based on the supposition that imperfection is a lack of something in us. When all-the-same is the goal, we have to fill that void and correct any flaws to achieve this perfect oneness. Whether expressed directly or indirectly, the inducement not to question compels us to believe something is ‘wrong’ with us. Leaving us not with choices but a directive to fix something based on a false construct at the onset.

When we question and, if necessary, ignore the perfect imperative is when we can we start to engage in critical thinking and begin to determine our own destiny and happiness. More often than not, we discover our imperfections to be our best assets, the uniqueness that is our true strength. I encourage, entice and plead with you to celebrate flaws in yourself and others. Only then will we start to truly value, instead of disdain, our differences and accomplish what’s truly possible.