Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Quote from Training today..

I've been in a class for the last two days and one of the participants, who is from D.C., made this comment:



"You shouldn't ask anything of anyone until you've earned the right to ask."- Jon Cassady

I think that even though this quote was made in the context of developing the resources of a non-profit, it could be applied to a lot of other areas of life as well, such as relationships, etc.

Anyway, it was food for thought for me.

6 comments:

Syd said...

I guess I'm not sure what that means. I believe in asking for what I need, otherwise how will anyone ever know? Just a thought.

Brosreview said...

Don't ask, don't get, as simple as that!

Triana said...

Syd & Bro, maybe you're looking too deeply into the phrase. I see it as, being mentally in the position to ask unselfishly. You know, some people ask boundlessly for many things, not all of which is truly needed. "Earning the right" could mean that you have been humble enough through life's trial & errors to now know when something is important enough to be real, to be asked of.

I love this quote. For sure.

Shadow said...

...and you earn this right how?

Marion said...

I disagree with this quote. When I read it a Bible verse came to my mind: Luke 11:9 "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Thanks for the food for thought. Blessings!

findingmywingsinlife said...

My apologies everyone, I'm a bit behind on my responses on here..

Syd,
This qoute really made me think.I do agree that if you haven't asked, you'll never know- however, sometimes its wise to know the other party well enough to understand if its the right time to ask it- they too are human and have just as many needs. When it comes to myself- I have a tendency to think I shouldn't expect others to meet my needs because they don't always have the power to do so. But that's my own opinion and it doesn't have to be anyone else's :)

Brosreview,
Well, that's probably true in one sense, but sometimes not getting it is often times better for you. :)

Triana,
I think we're sort of on the same wavelength- but then I don't think we've ever traveled on the same frequency :) Liked the thought you have here though, I'll have to ponder it.

Shadow,
I think "earning" the right has more to do with understanding the dynamics of your relationship with the other person when you ask something..you know this quote doesn't really say "asking of" it just says "before you ask" so maybe it could be that you want to know something vs. wanting something. Like I said, this quote made me think alot, the gentleman who said it was very intelligent and had a lot of interesting things to say.

Marion,
I mean no disrespect or anything such as my Grandmother is a devout christian and I was thinking to myself how wonderful it was that you thought of that..but I'm also inclined to say that that phrase only works with asking something of God, we humans never had such power to meet anothers needs. Just a thought of mine..hope you don't mind :)