Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quotation of the Day

Neale Donald Walsh sent me this message today:
On this day of your life, I believe God wants you to know...
...that "Why is this happening?" is the most useless
question in the Universe.
The only really profitable question is, "What?" As in,
"What do I choose now?" This question empowers.
The "why" question simply perplexes, and rarely
satisfies even when it gets a good answer.
So don't try to "figure it out." Stop it. Just focus on
what you now wish to create. Keep moving forward.
There's nothing behind you that can possibly serve
you better than your highest thoughts about tomorrow.

The past serves as an effective teacher.  An honest assessment of past actions can be painful yet it provides an astonishingly accurate lesson plan.  This quotation unearthed my history with "why".    My daughters were asked "why" at every mistake I interpreted they may have made.  In the moment I thought I was teaching my daughters to think but, what I was really doing was releasing my own frustration.  Not only did I make others suffer from this useless exercise; I exacerbated my own through insufferable reevaluation of my circumstances believing if I could understand "why" I could resolve the problem.   Stuck in this repetitive loop of thought I propagated no action, no "what", no decision to move forward with intent to improve.  Resisting accepting the circumstances of the situation at the time allowed me to continue thinking I possessed all the skills I needed, no improvement required.  To break this pattern, it was necessary to accept improving did not mean my state was insufficient but that improving, learning, growing, is constant, valuable, rewarding and life-long. .  


Anything you'd like to share?

Love you all, 

P.S.  Find this and other wonderful quotations and responses at: