We are buried in details. Even as we try to keep it simple, it is paralyzing! Payments types, call situations, and process measures all come with naming conventions. We are trying to use what we have to understand our story. Confusion is normal. Experience helps, but it is rarely the answer. The courageous ask questions, even when it seems obvious.
One on the team took an unusual position. He asked others to review the results with the project lead. He then volunteered to be the final edit check. His rationale was direct. “I am the dummy here. Let’s use this to our advantage!”
In that moment, he was the brightest star in the room. Simple questions often challenge our assumptions. In my journey, my assumptions often take on the form of foundational blocks. Without the dumb questions, challenging tradition and the obvious, I build a house without substance. It looks good in my imagination. In reality, it is only strong in my head.
Across history, smart people have been asking simple questions. I do not believe this is ever a sign of weakness. When someone says, “I’m a newcomer here and don’t understand everything involved in cases like this, I asked if he’d be willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried there.” (Acts 25.19) I suggest that one explore the answer. It may tell you more than you imagined.
As we struggle to come to grips with the details in our story, I find myself taking on the role of a dummy. Once one lets go of pride, it is an easy role to play! The lessons of the day tell me this.
Everyone struggles to understand life. There are too many moving pieces, bits of data and information flying around, and competing priorities. Confusion is normal.
Many of our assumptions only exist in our imagination. They seem factual. They appear real. In reality, they are wisps of myth.
Letting go to build a community understanding of the present opens up an opportunity to take big bold steps.
It begins with being a dummy.