…today’s secret…The letter W.
Who assigned which letters begin what words?
How did it happen that the letter C got off easy when the letter W carries a lot of heavy water?
Take spices for example: Cayenne, Chili Powder, Chives, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Cardamom, etc.
Yep, just some C cooking words. Booooring.
But the letter W?
You gotta feel a little warmheartedness for the burden the W carries. All weighty questions start with the letter W.
What? Who? When? Why? Where?
What happened to you?
Who did this to you?
When did it happen?
Why was it done?
Where was it done?
These may be worthwhile W questions you want to ask the people you’re helping. It’s kinda like…“how do I give them better tomorrows if I don’t know their yesterday” thing?
But remember, “for every organization hacking at the leaves, there is only a few striking at the root.”
That’s OK. Hacking helps…
…but don’t lose sight that every person you are trying to help has their own social, economic, and cultural yesterdays. Your heart might want you to go in and undo what’s happened, but your organization’s help is not missioned for that.
Unless you know what you’re doing, when you start scratching below a person’s surface you could do more harm than good. Be wary when you start rootin’ around in their subconscious because it’s dark down there.
Also, if you don’t watch out, these W questions can reveal your bias in disguise.
What were you thinking?
Who do you think you are?
When are you going to change?
Why would you do such a thing?
Where are you going with this?
Side note: The letter W also has its own warning words to keep you from wandering around with those W questions. Wary. Watch. Withdraw. Withhold. Worry. Whoa.