Here’s an interesting dialogue that reveals the power of universal wisdom, and the mind’s innate ability to clear and tap into it, versus the unhelpful nature of digging into what’s personal.
Last week, my colleague, Grayson Hart, asked me the following question: “Why does one particular old conditioned thought (about so and so) often repeat itself inside my head?
I answered, “Well, bud, I could give you my personal opinion to your personal question, but since that would likely turn this conversation into a futile cognitive therapy session, I’d rather not.”
Grayson then laughed and said, “Perfect, G, suddenly I don’t need the answer anymore; I’m good.”
And there you have it. Since only what’s universally true has the power to help a fellow human being, if you’re a coach, parent, teacher, advisor, or friend, it’s never preferable to:
A. Answer the most personal of questions.
B. Offer your own personal opinions masked as truth.
Remember: Insight, realization, or love cannot spring from analysis or scrutiny. If you’re asked a personal question, you might be tempted to answer, but it’s not a requirement. In fact, when you don’t get personal, it’s a pretty sure bet that answers will effortlessly appear.
Thank you for reading,