Life’s Most Dangerous Question: What Do You Do?

As I stood in a room full of people once, I realized that every opening conversation was dominated by this question, “What do you do?” On the surface it seems like an innocuous query, one we ask each other every day, a simple four-word nicety we utter so we have something—anything—to talk about.

Its easy to state your name, position blah blah...: like everyone else. It’s much harder, however, to talk about other, more important aspects of life. So, instead of finding more worthwhile discussions, we go about our days providing lifeless answers to this lifeless question, our collective discs set to repeat.

We seek to understand and define people by their doing in the world. Yes, literally, and for some reason, we default to categorizing and ranking the entire worth of the people we meet based on what they “do.” And I think that seriously dehumanizes us! When you’re a human in midst of reinventing yourself, no question produces angst like the cookie cutter: “So, what do you do?”

Does what you do matter more than who you are? Absolutely not! What you do is only a small fraction of who you are as a human being.At the edge of who you are, you may find the fragments of your original beginnings.

Do we care about each other enough, and are we interested enough in what we can learn from each other, to stop asking “What do you do?” and start asking “Who are you? What is your story?”
So, I’d love to ask you something, and I’m not asking a rhetorical question. I really want to know my friends better.

There are over seven billion people in this world and none are like you. You are unique. Your entire life journey including your upbringing, challenges, your hard learned lessons, your experiences, achievements and gifts, are all a series of footprints that have brought you to this very moment in time as you read these words.

I probably don’t know you at all. Some of you are a complete stranger to me. I just want to know who you are. I want to know your uniqueness, the experiences you’ve had and the lessons you’ve learned. I want to know your story. will you share your uniqueness with me??

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