One of the kindest, intelligent, and wisest persons I have known was a college professor. He was also very patient with us. For him, there were “no dumb questions.” We asked some off-the-wall ones!
Also, he conducted all of his classes seminar style with a blend of lecture and discussion. There were times when we would be kind of “full of ourselves.” That was okay. He’d let us talk away. But then, after a bit, when there was a pause, he simply inquire, without a malicious tone or sarcasm, “What’s the question?” Ha. We looked to one another and have a good laugh, since we had been talking a great deal, but had lost track of the original question. “What’s the question?”
God bless those who help us with their gentle ways, though we have wandered, to, if you will, “get back on track.”