“Can it fart?!” was the response to a question asked by my 11-year-old daughter in response to a segment about Alexa by Amazon on NPR from a few months ago.“Can it fart?” When those words rolled out of her mouth, at first it seemed out of left field!
As I searched to find an appropriate answer to “if a gadget can fart or not”, I realized that the answer wasn’t the point. And a simple I don’t know could have settled the whole thing. She was getting to the point of it all. What’s it for? And why do I need to know about it? That’s my take away from our short conversation that day.
She was simply getting to the point. Those types of questions may seem outta left field when trying to find creative solutions for bigger problems, but perhaps this type of thinking may be what’s needed when we find ourselves stuck.