“Why do you consider that a challenge?”

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“Why do you consider that a challenge?”

By: Tim Newcomb

I’ve been asked to write about my most memorable moment with a late mentor. Before I do, permit me a quick digression. When faced with a new challenge, I often recall the people I have known who might prevail against it. For each person who then comes to my mind’s eye, I ask simply “What would you do?”

A few years back, faced with a particularly difficult challenge, I asked what he would do. His answer, a question back to me, was as quick as his smile: “Why do you consider that a challenge?”

Suddenly, I realized the solution was within me because I could find an answer only in myself. At that moment, I realized the power of the gentle man sitting in the wheel-chair before me. By forcing an answer to his question, he convinced me to first look — not to the problem — but to my resources — to who I am. And that has made all the difference in the world.

So while my memory includes his warrior’s heart, a courage driven by compassion and a gentleness that only giants are strong enough to carry, my most memorable moment is his question: “Why do you consider that a challenge?”

It is a question I sometimes ask of others now, hoping it may make all the difference in the world.

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