As I’ve been traveling around lately, the ultimate question has been going around in my head: “why?” Why are people acting as they are? Why can’t people learn to drive? Why can’t we all just get along? Small questions like that. I am not anywhere near answers, especially on the one about others’ driving skills. But, in my experiences, I have come to learn that the “why” question is not the important question.
I look at it this way: what does the “why” question get me? If I am lucky enough to get an answer it leads me to knowledge, and knowledge, albeit important, does not in and of itself change anything. The only way something will change is if I take action to change it. So, it is not the knowledge, but my actions which make a difference. Although the knowledge could influence my actions, but again, we come back to my actions.
Therefore, for me, the question is not “why”, but “what?” What action will I take in any given situation? “What” will I do about it? The “why” question keeps me wondering, whereby the “what” question empowers me.
The next milestone on the journey “…two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” Reflection to be posted soon