I follow the blog written by a woman named PoojaG, Lifesfinewhine. Earlier today she posted something I think is quite profound. She titled it “DO YOU KNOW YOUR WHY.” She refers to it as a “Guest Post.” If it is a Guest Post, then she was wise enough to repost/share it.
As I wrote in my own post yesterday (I wrote to break through a blue funk,) having a sense of the “why” of your life gives one a way to evaluate the past and to set one’s sights anew on the future.
One of her lines is “Old ways don’t open new doors!” So true! I managed to find two careers that spoke into my Big Why. I particularly remember when I fell apart in ministry, my Big Why was able to help me make a decision during an unbelieveably difficult and scattered and dark period in my life. I had to use my WHY to guide me to the next career. A career I don’t think I’d have chosen otherwise.
My Big Why was “I want my life to be lived in such a way that other people’s lives are happier and, if possible, more meaningful (whatever ‘meaningful’ may mean) because they have met me.”
I don’t know if I succeeded in this but I still get email and DMs from people I touched in ministry as long as 40 years ago. (Yes. I am that old.) I had a student in the college I worked at walk up to my desk about 16-17 years ago and ask me if I remembered him. I am afraid I didn’t remember him. Apparently he was in one of the elementary school classes that I went to tell stories. I’ve spent the last 20 years helping graduate students gain the knowledge they need to be helping professionals.
Thank you, PoojaG, if you see this. I appreciate your post. I hope you are not chagrined by the shout out.