When questions are difficult, we sometimes just hear them as noise.
Yet, at other times, the questions are in the noise.
The problem with the first is that we can receive them more as commands or judgements, than an invitation.
And in the second, we can miss them because we are not tuned in.
In both cases, the gift we have is in our agency – our sense of ‘this is mine to own.’
If the source or intention behind the question is to deny this agency, it is ours to ignore and silence. Be gone.
And there are times when we need to deliberately strengthen and embrace our agency, to hear the questions that are summoning our attention even if they are uncomfortable.
Questions are our gift in a world that is fearful of change.
What do you need to own?