The Power of Why

Posted by Debby on 16th May and posted in EDC 667

Cashman, p. 64
Why is one of the most powerful words in our language. “Why?” is the question that calls us to meaning; it forces us to look beneath the surface into the deeper essence of things. “Why?” is the question that directs us onto the path of purpose.
Do your answers reflect your values as an entire person or does it only represent a small portion of who you are?


Why are you motivated to achieve?
I achieve for personal satisfaction, to defeat the shadow belief that I am not good enough, and as a by-product of an intense curiosity about how things work. When I am thorougly engaged in something, I tend to do it well, and am able to accomplish my goals with great satisfaction.
Why do you lead the way you do?
I believe in leading through example and enthusiasm. I would rather have people follow me because they are exciting about the direction I am leading them, then to follow me because they are forced to. Enthusiastic followers are the best way to convert the skeptical folks that they should take a chance on your vision.
Why do you live the lifestyle you do?
On one hand, I live a chaotic, driven lifestyle. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to life in the country. Being able to walk in the moon and star light, hearing crickets in the night and song birds in the day, surrounded by my animals, all balance the chaos of work, children, relationships, and daily routines. I think living here grounds me and helps refresh me.
Why do you have the relationships you do?
I would say that my relationships all serve a purpose. I have many acquaintances, but only a handful of friends in the “inner circle”. One of those close friends recently told me “I truly do care about everyone but only a few, very few get inside… I leave the rest of my friends out on the porch while the others get milk and cookies in front of the fireplace.” Those friendships sustain me in times of trials and uncertainty. They know the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

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