Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post. I strive to participate each week, whether I post here or on Instagram. At times, these writing sessions bring more than five minutes of writing; but regardless of what it looks like for me as a writer, my hope is that for you it brings encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.
(adv) for what purpose, reason, or cause; with what intention, justification, or motive
(conj) 1. The reason, cause, or purpose for which; 2. On account of which; for which
(n) pl. whys 1. The cause or intention underlying a given action or situation; 2. A difficult problem or question
(interj) Used to express mild surprise, indignation, or impatience
*definitions from AHDictionary.com
The definition listed above so effectively covers all the ideas that we could look at as we consider “why”. Why did this happen? Why did they respond this way? Why did he do that? Why do I feel terrible? What is happening?!?
Yet, in line with my purposefully living theme, I most easily turn to . . .
The why. The reason. The motivation.
There are a handful of things that I enjoy thinking and talking about, and the why’s behind things is definitely one of them. Yet, there are fewer things that are more frustrating and overwhelming to consider. Too much dwelling on the why’s can lead me to be a bit more in my head than is healthy.
Still, it is worth giving some time and attention to the why, the motivation behind one’s actions or plans. When we really look at why we do what we do, we grow more effectively into the people we are designed to be. Evaluation of our motivations can very quickly bring to light things which are not right. Areas that need growth or healing, become apparent as we consider our whys.
continuing on . . .
The why behind the doing of something . . .
The why reason behind someone’s actions . . .
Why is such a broad word and cover so many ideas.
Why live purposefully. If we don’t have a greater understanding the of the motivation behind our actions and plans, then is life nothing but a constant stream of response to people and situations around us.
There is the temptation to so quickly become focused on the bigger goals and plans that one fails to respond well to the everyday well. Yet, ignoring any bigger picture thinking because of the uncertainty of what may happen around us leads to wandering and potentially unused resources.
Without a why behind each thing we do, we run the risk of living a life designed by someone else. As a child, this is good – we live our lives by what our parents have set up and designed for us. As an adult, this can be frustrating and, in extremes, demoralizing.
It may not be an easy journey to come to a clearer understanding of your why’s, but this journey is one worth taking!