Have you ever not known something and were too embarrassed to ask?
It could be as simple as wondering what a dry cappuccino is, as complicated as the tax code, or as difficult as how to potty train a two year old.
I’ll never forget being eighteen years old and not understanding the Starbucks menu. I liked coffee, but I had no clue what the difference was between latte, cappuccino, or americano was. I was embarrassed to ask the barista what they were and ordered countless drinks I didn’t like before figuring out what I did. Eventually I figured it out, but I could have saved myself some serious time, money, and frustration if I would have just asked the first time.
Why are we afraid to ask? What are we afraid of?
Asking questions shows humility.
Asking questions shows that we are willing to learn.
Parenting was one of the biggest areas I recognized that I needed to work on this area of my life. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Lily, I started asking everyone everything I could think of. Since then I’ve asked many questions over the years and can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t. I attended parenting classes, read countless books, and asked every mom I know their advice on everything from breastfeeding to potty training to character building. Through that experience I’ve received so much clarity and am now much more confident in the area of parenting. I don’t know everything yet, but I’m much more confident moving forward because of my experiences so far and learning to ask for help and advice. I’m sure I’ll have many more questions as we embrace new seasons of life.
There are so many areas of life that we can learn to ask questions in. Everything from our jobs to marriage to parenting to finance.
I’m working on asking questions in many areas. I’m not great at it yet, but thankfully I’m surrounded by people who are good at it, and I’ve learned a lot from them.