I love TED talks. They ignite my thinking. They fuel my feeling. They often motivate my action. This talk by Amanda Palmer is titled "The Art of Asking." For some, it conjures connections to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened" (Mt 7:7-8 NRSV). For me, it challenges us to go one step further... to why the door is opened. Amanda reminds us of our human longing to be given an opportunity to contribute... to give... to give back. When we ask for something specific, we create an opening for another who has what we need to respond. There are many situations - the death of a friend's parent, the notification of a colleague's medical diagnosis, an explosion that mame's unknown people - that beckon my response, but I typically do not know how to respond. When someone asks, they invite us into their life and encourage us to do the same for others.
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Julie A. Lytle, PhD
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