Why Do You Do What You Do?
This message is coming a few days early because I will be on vacation for a few days, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss the opportunity to connect with you. I have been sending messages of inspiration and encouragement since June of 2005 and haven’t missed a single Tuesday, except that one time when Yahoo was down and the message didn’t go out until Wednesday. I have never really asked myself why, until I started this series of questions that began last week asking you ‘What Do You Do?’.
Of course I do this for all the obvious reasons. I always have something I want to say and I love to share what I know. It comes easily to me and it’s enjoyable. But a lot of things come easy to me. If I only wanted to enjoy myself I could go to the beach and listen to music. Last week I shared what I do – I encourage and bring clarity and this is a great way for me to do that. But really, why do I do what I do? Why do you do what you do?
Why does my neighbor spend hours baking and gardening growing beautiful vegetables, and then give it all away? Why do some friends of mine volunteer on a regular basis to help at food pantrys and after school reading programs and deliver meals on wheels? Why does the man down the street cut his neighbors grass and take him anywhere he needs to go? Why do people sign petitions, and lobby for justice and go to foreign countries to build houses for people they don’t even know, and might not even like if they knew them?
I don’t have your answers, but since I have a few days off to engage in some contemplation, I will explore my own. See you next week for the final installment of this series, titled Who You Are.