How Otherwise Questions can Produce Supersize Successes

By: Doug C. Grant

There are two types of questions. Stupid and otherwise.

I specialize in stupid. I am trying for otherwise.

I asked myself yesterday, 'How come I'm not financially independent?' The reply was instant. 'Because you ask stupid questions.'

This dialog is part of my i-mail system. That's like e-mail except it's internal. Some people call it 'talking to yourself'. But self-talkers are generally considered an inch or so below standard so I refer to my discussions as ‛i-mail'.

Continuing the correspondence with Other-Self, I responded, 'And what's so stupid about asking why I'm not financially independent?'

'Because asking a question like, 'Why don't I have something?' puts the honey-whizz on lack. And when you put the honey-whizz on lack, the only thing you're going to get back is more lack.'

I thought about that for awhile before sending my reply. 'So, are you saying that if I don't think about lack I'll have whatever it is I lack?'

'You're getting warm. But you still have to ask the right question. Such as, ‛What can I do to attract more wealth into my life?''

By this time I can tell you I was getting pretty excited. 'You mean all I have to do is ask a question about attracting more wealth and riches will come?'

I distinctly heard an exasperated sigh from deep within. 'It does help if you wait for an answer.'

'But what happens if the answer doesn't come?'

'You keep asking.'

This didn't seem to be leading anywhere so I decided to try a different approach. 'Just who is it that I'm supposed to ask?'

'The wind, my friend. The wind. You ask the wind.'

I got a bit huffed over this response. 'Oh, that really does sound sensible. I'm supposed to put a lot of effort into coming up with just the right question. Then I shout it to the wind. Come now. Do you play me for a fool?'

'I don't have to play you for anything. You perform the function quite well without my help. As for the wind, there is no need to shout. You don't even have to whisper. Thinking will be quite sufficient. The wind will pick it up.'

'So now you're saying that all I have to do is think the right question and the answer will arrive?'

'Not exactly arrive. It may come packaged in a newspaper sentence, a comment on television or advice from a friend. The important thing to remember is that by asking the right question over and over, you are opening yourself to the right answer.'

Although I still had my doubts, I was getting a tiny glimmer of what Other-Self was talking about. 'But how do I know when the right answer comes?'

'The same way you know ice cream is good. You taste, experience and digest it. If it is exactly the right idea to the right question, it will melt across your brain and send you whooping into action.'

'Will this ‛right question, right answer' stuff work with other things besides money?'

'Oh, so now we're back to stupid questions, are we?'

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