Just ask the question, wouldya?

Ask: verb

Say something in order to obtain an answer or information

Request (someone) to do or give something

Fancy words for ask: To inquire, interrogate, query and question.

Yes, asking is a verb. Sure, it can be a noun (as in “the ask”) but you still have to do something with it!

There are so many things we can ask.

If you don’t have clarity, you can ask for it.

If you don’t know the answer, you can ask someone.

If you need help, you can ask more than one someone.

If you don’t know the next step, ask someone to show you.

You can ask a librarian.

You can ask Google.

You can ask a friend, coworker, colleague or manager.

You can ask a teacher or a mentor.

You can ask a family member or a neighbor.

Sure, they can say “I don’t know” or “I can’t” or even just plain “no”. But you can’t assume their answer. You’ll never know unless you ask.

When you ask, you’re actually taking action. You’re taking things into your own hands.

Okay, okay, yes, it is possible to be lazy and ask for too much help. And it can be annoying to ask too many questions. And there is such a thing as a stupid question. But these are all pretty much self-correcting situations.

Here’s one other thing to keep in mind. How do you feel when people ask you for help, advice or information? Most of the time it feels pretty good, right? Most of the time you are more than happy to help. It feels good to be needed, respected, valued. So why would you deprive someone else of that feeling?

In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love, and light in the pages,

Maggie

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