Monday, February 25, 2008

Why not?

I love to ask the question "Why?" Well not out loud - but rest assured I am always questioning. I have a thirst for knowledge that is unquenchable - not the kind you get
from a book - but the desire to understand. It is not idle - I am not curious because I am bored. I think I am not bored because I am forever curious.

Of late however - I have been pondering some big issues - issues I am not going to share - the issues are not the issue or substance of this post. But "Why?" I have decided is not the issue - not the proper question - the real question is "Why not?"

Why do we accept certain things to be the absolute truth. Why are we - so quick to think that any thinking, which is counter to the norm - makes us other - or more correctly why is that that counter thinking is so radical. What is wrong with being true to self.

In Mulan II the central theme or a central theme is about duty. Mulan asserts that her heart tells her what her duty is. She weighs her duty - soaks it in the feelings of her heart. She does not blindly follow orders - she feels.

I think that is a huge statement she makes. "My duty is to my heart." I guess some people would say it is selfish - but honestly "Why not?"

Why not live a life full of conviction - why not learn who we really are. Why not embrace every single moment that is given to us. Why not do what feels right. Why not make decisions rooted in love. Why not stop and think it over before we give into the myths of our cultures.

There is that lovely phrase - "think outside the box." Well damn it - we should - we are people and we have the choices in front of us - instead of being limited by arbitrary rules - why not ask ourselves "Why not?" and then go for it.

This is what I have on my refrigerator - to remind me that the real question may not be "Why?" but rather "Why not?"

"Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”

-Mary Anne Radmacher


Cyn said...

"Search your feelings, Luke."

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Anonymous said...

Sometimes life is not about what we know of it, but what we can experience from it. This Ultimately bestows bits of wisdom shared only with the secret places within our own hearts.

~Chris in Dublin,Oh~

Susan said...

Hello Chris - thank you for stopping by! I agree - I am all about new experiences and learning something every day!

Please do stop by again!

Chris - Dublin said...

Where do you find the time to write? I obviously, need to reevaluate myself. After eyballing a several of your blogs -I have come to the conclusion that we disagree on much. Yet, knowing only one side of a story or reading only half a book leave us horribly inept at discovering what might never have been known.

Susan said...

Well I am trying to build a career at being a writer so I write all the time and sometimes well into the evening.

Disagreements can be good. I think the ability to dissent is the greatest gift democracy has given us.

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