Why asking a “Dumb” Question is Really Smart

by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist

We have all heard the phrase, “Remember, there are no dumb questions.”  We all know that is not 100% true.  There really are dumb questions – we are all familiar with that eye-roll, jaw-drop response at some of the questions that have been posed either to us, or by us.  However, there is great truth to the cliché that the dumbest question is the one you don’t ask.

Sometimes we don’t ask questions out of fear, right?  Fear that we really will appear dumb.  Sure, questions can be a sign that you don’t understand something. But you cannot possibly gain understanding if you don’t ask questions.  Other times we don’t ask questions because we think we don’t have a “good question.”  However, we should keep in mind that, oftentimes, there are other people in the audience who want to ask the very same question but were afraid to do so.  So, learn to ask without fear…just ask the questions that are on your mind.

Carl Sagan, a renowned astrophysicist and author once said, “…every question is a cry to understand the world.”  Understanding some things in the world is tough…I mean really tough.  Some topics are just difficult to broach – especially those related to life planning and end-of-life issues (e.g. advance directives, last will and testament, power of attorney, etc.).  But sometimes we have to broach the subject and sometimes we have to ask questions.  It is better to do so now, rather than later.

The Planned Giving Council of Shepherd’s Cove Hospice is hosting an event entitled, Getting Your Affairs in Order: A Safe Place to ask Dumb Questions on June 13th from 5 – 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Albertville.  Please join us for this event.  It will be the perfect opportunity for you to overcome your fear of seeming dumb and allow you to get to the heart of relevant issues that need to be discussed.

Getting Your Affairs in Order event flyer