Q&A: Why I prefer to provide food for thought

Q&A: Why I prefer to provide food for thought

Every month, I publish an answer to a reader’s question. Here’s a transcript of my answer to a reader’s question about my decision to provide readers with food for thought.

I love reading your answers to readers’ questions, book reviews, the weekly newsletter, and more of the things you write. What is the one thing you want readers to take away from your writings?

Stories like that, and many other book recommendations I’ve put on my bookshelf, have a bit of substance. Under the surface, you’ll find much more of what the writer challenges you to find. The story of The Great Gatsby, for example, is a story about the American Dream. About dreaming and imagining a bigger life for yourself and trying to make that happen. At the same time, it’s about how love or ambition, when based on unrealistic ideals or past experiences, can become an illusion that ultimately leads to disappointment. It’s a powerful message so many people like myself can relate to.

I like to think of myself as a curious person. I always felt more comfortable asking questions. I like how kids often ask questions and are not in any way concerned about whether their questions could be perceived as inappropriate. I don’t look at myself as someone who has all the answers. Instead, I’ve found that sharing stories with others and questioning ourselves and the world around us often leads to more interesting conversations. It shifts the focus from asking to agree or disagree with someone, to ask them to learn something new.

So it’s true you won’t find prescriptions on this blog or in my newsletter. It’s more interesting and fulfilling to me to provide people food for thought. I’m meant to do it this way because it closely aligns with how I move through the world. Yet if there is one wish I have to leave readers with, it’s that I hope this blog will serve its readers as a catalyst for a meaningful conversation.

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Thank you for reading. This reader’s question is part of the Ask Me Anything series. Feedback from you, the reader, is important to me. Want to ask me a question for next month? Send me your question via team@lisanneswart.com

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