Blueprint – Roadmap – GPS
Where are we now – where are we going – how can we get there?
Few would argue that this equation defines our circumstance, echoes our desires, and determines our destination (and results). We are reminded by the wise that: “If we don’t know where we are going – we could end up somewhere else” – “If we can’t say what we want – don’t be surprised by what we get” – and numerous other truisms.
Now imagine that these concepts were not ‘true’, or known, or were not heeded. We would have folks taking off in the wrong directions, making the wrong turns along the way, and ending up facing the wrong way on one-way streets by repeating the errors of prior travelers.
We would probably be seeing
exactly what we ARE seeing, everywhere, everyday.
Are we there yet? – YES! Is that where we thought we were headed? – NO!
How can we get back to where we started – before we got so tired, so lost, so hopeless? How did we end up here when we had such good intentions?
Why can’t our relationships work,
our citizens and communities thrive,
our nations live in peace, our planet survive?
You probably have an answer. And you probably have an answer. And you probably have an answer too (get it?). That’s the problem – and the answer – to how we all got somewhere “else”.
We ALL got here “because” (of someone’s brilliant suggestions) …and now we need to get back home to ‘reality’ by everyone’s quiet “introspection” – and a cooperative search for new directions and solutions.
Why can’t individuals agree? – “because”! Why don’t relationships work? – “because”! Why can’t communities thrive? – “because”! Why can’t nations agree? – “because”! – simply ‘because’.
What’s the problem with ALL of these issues – “root cause”. What did I ask to be able to know that? – exactly! (I asked “what”, and then why and how and who,,). The answer is in the question – and using the right question guarantees the right solution. Asking will not only lead us to an answer, it will uncover other hidden problems in route. We aren’t looking for the roadside parks of paralysis analysis. Rather, we seek the Visitor Centers of information that direct us away from tourist traps and toward worthy landmarks and economic services.
And there’s one more thing, we aren’t looking for the blueprint of how the road WAS built. We are at least looking for a recent roadmap – better yet, a real-time GPS. If a recent flood just washed out the bridge to our future – we need to go another route. If the survey party is now planning the new tollway to go completely out of the way in order for us to stop at all their gas stations, then we may not want to pay that toll in our future travels.
I want to know from each recent traveler how the weather and road conditions are right now. I also want to know not to turn left according to some information that has already caused other travelers to end up off the road and in the ditch.
I don’t know about you, but I think it might help – before we go any further, if:
- I heard back about your trip and what I face ahead
- we all knew about where we are now, and trying to go next
- we knew about those directing us, or whether they have a ‘safe’ record
- we considered our alternate routes, and where else we might end up
- we avoid buying another old map – that is now out-of-date – “because”.
So next time you “set out” to plan a get together, start or run a business, lead a community event, charter a national initiative, solve a regional ‘crisis’, or champion a well-intentioned cause that “hopes” to create ‘world peace’, perhaps you will want to take a moment to ask a few questions, map a viable path, listen to the feedback from others, and avoid the dead ends and tourist traps. And maybe you will be more wary of anyone telling you that:
you can only buy that kind of gas HERE, and
– We ALL Have to get going… NOW
Want real cooperation, progress, CHANGE ? – Dare to ASK4™ it…?
What’s about YOU?
– care to comment?
– dare to COOPERATE?
ASK4™ CAN BE…
(THE QUESTIONS THAT FIND…)
THE ANSWERS YOU NEED