The Fear of Asking Questions


Taking time for yourself, whether it’s going on vacation, spending a week-end with your favorite person, or just taking a “time out” for a day of fun, can end in memories that last a lifetime.  Often, the pictures we take make us smile and laugh out loud.  That’s what happened to me.

As I was going through my photos from my recent trip to England, I came across this one and I just had to smile.  I remember it so clearly – just like it happened yesterday.  It was a glorious day, about 70 degrees with the sun shining  – such a beautiful blue sky.  I decided to travel to this nearby town called Henley on the Thames.  What a perfect day to explore.

I had no idea what I was going to find, but off I went.

As I walked through the main street of this lovely little town, I saw a building that was so quaint, I was drawn to it.  It turned out to be the Visitor Center, so I decided to check it out.

There was a woman standing behind the counter.  She seemed so busy – and I assumed she didn’t have any time to talk to me.  I almost turned around to leave, then I told myself:

“No – you’ve come all this way.  Now turn around and talk to her”.  So I decided to ask her one question:

“I have one day in Henley.  What do you suggest I do?”

Her face lit up and she gave me enough info to fill my day.  That one question made all the difference in the world, and because of it, I learned about a river cruise down the Thames River.  What a wonderful experience!  One I would never have had if I didn’t take the time to ask that one question.

So, the next time you have a question – just ask.  Don’t assume that the other person is too busy, or that your question is silly.  By asking, you will find new adventures waiting for you.

And if you are too shy to ask questions, let me know.  I’ll share some hints on how to make it easier.

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