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Ask a question. Any question! Friday January 17, 2014

Anais Nin said: "Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage."

I do like this but how about another version: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's questions? And, often receiving the answers to our questions gives us the courage Anais Nin spoke of, or at least, a will to live.

Here are a few things I've learned this past week by throwing out some questions...

One fleece of wool (the wool from one sheep), sells for as little as 60p but it costs 40p to shear one sheep. (I know! I was shocked too.)

Whether your skin is black as black or white as white, the best skin foundation is yellow tone based.

Many loose leaf teas can be spoilt if left to brew for 3 minutes.

Our questions lead us places. (For example, I've since taken a class in dyeing wool and I'd like to learn how to spin it too. I also now wish to attend a tea tasting session.)

They give us interesting conversations, and in turn, make us good conversationalists (because we'll always have a sneaky l'il fact to whip out from up our sleeve). Questions can also be a great way of detracting from ourselves if we're feeling vulnerable. Questions share knowledge and inspire. Questions help us to understand how things and people work.

Where will your questions lead you today? Will they expand or shrink your universe?

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Sue Freeman Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 8:36am

Suzy - did you mean 'distracting ourselves' or 'deflecting from ourselves'? Not sure where detracting comes in, unless we end up feeling embarrassed or stupid by the question we've asked.

Anonymous Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 10:04am

I like this I decided a wee while ago I was going to try to learn one new fact a day - I have learnt a few, but I haven't managed to make it daily, but it's a start, and as you say great for chatting to folk (-_-)

Anonymous Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 10:29am

Don't get me started on brewing times for loose leaf tea ...


Suzy Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 10:42am

Hey Sue,
Yes I did indeed mean detract - to draw or divert attention away from...although yes, I'm sure deflect works well too. Sometimes I find it easier to ask questions as opposed to opening up about me, especially if I don't know the person well, if I feel vulnerable or if I feel my feelings wouldn't be appreciated anyway. Although I think balance is needed too. I guess we have to let someone in, at some point, hard though it may be!
Thanks for your comment Sue. Best wishes

Suzy Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 10:44am

Oh do please share all!! ;o)

Anonymous Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 1:02pm

How do you 'learn ' a new fact every day, where from? Ever tried Masala tea, absolutly divine!!

randomangel Fri, Jan 17th 2014 @ 1:10pm

I like it. Thank you Suzy!

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 11:07am

I don't think I have tried masala tea, no. I think that will have to try.

Fact finding is made a lot easier with the internet, although books and people are my preferred methods of finding out interesting things. I just have to overcome my fear of seeming 'thick' or stupid and ask something. Anything! ;o)

Sue Freeman Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 @ 9:18am

I'm really passionate about words, so am grateful to you for sending me back to the dictionary. I've always used it to mean diminish, so my question proved your point!

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