Why did the chicken cross the road? Some possible explanations…
Machiavelli: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The ends of crossing the road justify whatever motive there was.
John Locke: Because he was exercising his natural right to liberty.
Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically predisposed to cross roads.
Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask, “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place anyway?”
And then there is the biblical answer: And God came down from the heavens, and said unto the chicken, “Thou shalt cross the road.” And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
Now that was easy!
But what if you wanted to know what lies across the road that compelled the chicken to want to cross it in the first place? Is this just another question or does this truly lead us to some substance? By now you’re reading this and thinking the point is???
It’s about getting to the question behind the question (the QBQ). Getting to the QBQ is what we do when we look at taking the action to discover what actually is on the other side of the road, because sometimes we need to take the steps in order to find out.
Most of us, even when being spontaneous still have some reason for doing what we do such as crossing the road. There’s something on the other side of the road that claims our attention. Something that beckons us to cross despite the inconvenience and possible danger.
We all have put aside fears and bypassed inconvenience to leave behind old to embrace something new, a time when exciting possibilities emerge. Maybe you can recall a time when you helped a new neighbor out or maybe introduced yourself to someone new and made a friend.
Maybe you left an old job that no longer held your interest for one that sparked your interest and enthusiasm.
Or maybe it was after a difficult time when a long illness took a turn for the better. The sick bed and TV reruns no longer seemed to provide as much comfort, your hunger began to stir for something more than just soup and you were looking forward to taking a stroll outside. It’s those moments when you see things differently and you feel and act differently and your small world gets bigger.
These can be times of liberation, of release, of freedom from things that have held us back or weighed us down. Maybe we didn’t realize it but we NEEDED to be on the other side of that old road. We needed to be in that new and better place. We needed to stop clinging to what was weighing us down, and cross the road to a place of life, breath, hope, and love.
“The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”
~ Deuteronomy 1:6 ~