Our actions are more important than our profits.
As younger generations come up, I hear the question “Why” a lot. Why should I help? Why should I be nice while others are mean? Why am I responsible for the actions of others? I am still asking myself that last one. “Why” is a good question when used properly. Using it directly after being given a task is not considered proper. However, one can easily state, “I don’t understand.” This statement is better received than “why”.
To understand the reason behind asking “why”, let’s take a look at what is expected. We all want to profit. If we are asked to do something and we do not see the profit in it, we will ask ourselves “why”. We need to be able to see that we are getting a reward as well as those around us. If we only see others getting rewarded, will we continue to help others while we go without a profit? This is the root of our asking why.
Not every reward is tangible. There are somethings in this world we receive that just can’t be bought. Satisfaction is one of those things. Pride is another. Have you ever got that warm feeling right after helping someone? Of course, we all have at some point. Why did you help them? Did we gain anything by helping? What did we have to show for it? This is my answer to “why”. We cannot show our profits every time. Sometimes our gains are intangible.
“What’s in it for me?” Sometimes nothing but a good feeling that we did the right thing. This is where we will have to ask ourselves, ” Is that enough? What do we gain if we are the only ones that see our reward? How will others know what we did? The more important question is “Why do we care if others know what we did?” Are we so wrapped up in what others think, that we need them to know what we did? Are we worried we won’t get their approval? Is that why we are always saying “Look at me” “Hey, over here.”
We want a trophy. We want to show the world something for our hard work. In reality, trophies are for sports. Life is not a sport. It’s a journey. And in that journey we come across some of the most amazing people. We are also given opportunities to be amazing towards others. Is that not enough? Sometimes we need to learn to just be happy with ourselves. Life is not about bragging. In fact, it’s the opposite. The meaning of life is love. Love is the one thing that brings us all together. It allows us to overcome our differences and work as one. Love is selfless. We could learn a lot from love. It’s not about what I gain, it’s about what I do. This is what matters most in life. So ask me why, and I will reply “Why not?”
Thanks for taking the time to read, and may we always seek the answer to “why”.