I said, “So what YouTube video would you recommend?”
The man said, “None.”
His physical response to my question (picture someone biting into a lemon when he thought it was a peach) suggested I had asked a dumb question.
But here’s the big surprise. My dumb question led to an informal but informative discussion on hitting in particular and the general state of my Major League team of choice, the Houston Astros.
Ty Van Burkleo, the Astros’ minor league hitting coordinator, gave me several minutes of his time just because I had asked a dumb question and was willing to listen to correction.
Here are few observations about dumb questions.
They aren’t fatal.
They open the door to conversation.
Engaging conversation leads to asking better questions.
Listening for the answers allows one to become better informed.
And a few words about correction from the book of Proverbs (all from the NIV).
“… correction and instruction are the way to life …” (6:23b)
“… whoever heeds correction is honored.” (13:18b)
“Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.” (15:31)
“… the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” (15:32b)
And my favorite!
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” (12:1)
I don’t mind asking dumb questions but I sure don’t want to be stupid.
I’m curious. What’s a dumb question you’ve asked or been dying to ask?
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