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Apr 13, 2024 | Conscious Communication, Daily Trek

Courageous Substance - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

The quality of life depends on the substance of relationships, which are influenced by the nature of our conversations. At the core of meaningful conversations are the questions we ask. By asking questions that provoke thought, spark curiosity, and deepen connections, we enrich our relationships. Without engaging questions and substance, interactions tend to be lackluster.

For example, typical questions about goals often yield predictable responses. But what happens when we ask, “What is your greatest opportunity?” This shift in questioning can unlock reflection and insights. One is not always have the answers, yet.

Consider this introspective question: “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?” By asking questions with substance, we open new gateways into the unknown, exploring deeper layers of our existence.

Everyone has stories. Yesterday, someone chose to share movie lines and jokes, opting to keep the conversation light. This is a choice. Yet, in another discussion, the topic of shared losses came up, opening the floodgates to a profound connection. The depth and relevance of our conversations matter when we choose to move beyond small talk and casual networking.

Powerful conversations often occur with no more than eight people around a table or within a team. This is what current knowledge suggests about optimal group sizes. However, it might be more about the depth and value of the interactions rather than the number of participants. Perhaps it’s time to move beyond structured interactions and allow ourselves to explore more freely.

What if we questioned whether we are truly exploring meaningful territory or just engaging in expected behaviors? Leading by example and embodying our values set the stage for openness and honesty. Not everyone is ready for this level of engagement, but for those who are, it leads to an exhilarating journey into the realm of endless possibilities. It is rare and profound.

While many wait to be chosen, those who decide to choose ourselves become masters of questioning everything and refusing to accept the status quo. We navigate life with a healthier sense of self and clearer meaning.

Losing people along the way also becomes a reality. Because questioning helps us discern who is healthy for our own wellbeing and no longer harm ourselves. And maybe it’s our answer to the question, “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”  Or, maybe it opens us up to deeper questioning.

We are the authors of our own stories, no longer mere characters in someone else’s drama, comedy, thriller, horror, or musical.

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