It is human nature to sometimes ponder the “why” of our existence. Perhaps we want to know if our existence on this earth matters.
Let’s take a walk back through history.
Winston Churchill was certainly instrumental during WWII and he is largely responsible for effectively bringing England through some terrible times during that war. Was that his why? Could others have done that job as well? Of course we will never know, however, we are certainly thankful he was born in the right century and at the right time in history.
Would the computer have its place of prominence that it has today without the influence of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates? I for one am certainly pleased they were around and exerted their influence on our world for their moment in the spotlight on earth.
I am a writer, author and speaker. The “why” of my story is because I desire to offer hope, encouragement and inspiration one word at a time. If I did not feel I was making a difference in a few lives I suppose I might stop writing and speaking. However, it is important enough to my own sense of belonging that I continue doing my craft.
We do the daily living and creating that we do because we have found a place in which to plug into society. We do the job at hand because we have hopes that somewhere along the line we might make a difference in some small way.
It even comes down to raising children and influencing students in a classroom. How many teachers entered into the lives of any great man or woman we could name? Whoever they are and whatever may be their names, they, each one, became a part of the “why” story that we see today in the lives of great individuals of influence and power.
People of influence did not arrive on their own merits. They were taught, cajoled, pushed, instructed, encouraged, cared for, bathed, listened to, and guided down certain paths that led to other paths that led to their positions of power and influence.
These individuals who influenced others are the ones who deserve the credit as much as the one in the limelight.
They had the “why” and fulfilled it to the best of their abilities, and now we see the results of their influence. The success of successful people is a result of the “why” of those who influenced them in earlier years.
I want to close with a paraphrase on a quote by Andy Stanley.
“Your greatest contribution
to this world may not be
something you do
but someone you influence.”
That could be the greatest “why” you ever considered.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time