Even if you don’t have children of your own, you’ve heard a preschooler ask the question incessantly.
“Why, Mommy? Why do bees sting? Why does the sun go to sleep every night? Why do I have to eat broccoli?”
Though we may tire of answering the question (the average preschooler asks over 300 questions a day!), it’s an essential one. Without it, our children would never learn how to navigate relationships; they would miss the awe of being part of a magnificent creation; and they would disregard the importance of taking care of themselves.
We beg our children to stop asking the question, and somehow, somewhere along the way, we too stop asking it. And instead of being free, we find ourselves within a crippling confinement.
When we stop asking why, we begin focusing on what.
What do I need to accomplish today?
What is expected of me?
Little by little, as I focus on the what of life, I shrivel a little more inside. Because without focusing on the why behind the what, tasks become monotonous, living becomes gray.
I’m making a choice. No longer will I focus on the what! I refuse to be pulled down. Instead I will start asking why again.
Why am I spending my time this way?
Why do I want to continue, or change?
Why am I here?
Suddenly, why is no longer wearying. It’s energizing. It’s exciting! It reminds me who I am, where I am headed, and my purpose.
Will you start asking why again?