Finding the Why

By Dawn Onley

Your entrance into the world answers four of the five W’s of life. Many will die never having answered the fifth.

Why were you born? This is an age old question.

Know Your Why

For some, the answer lies in the mind waiting to be conceived and in the belly waiting to be born. We possess everything else.

Motivational speaker and author, Les Brown, calls the graveyard the “richest place on earth.” He says the graveyard is where you’ll find “all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step … or determined to carry out that dream.”

It’s fear that keeps us from taking steps to discover what is within the deepest crevices of our souls.

I attended an interesting group session with a life coach a few years ago, and she had the class take part in an exercise. First, she asked us what we dreamed of. She then had us close our eyes for a minute and later write out the things that crossed our minds. She said every thought needed to be written down, and that nothing was too crazy or out of the realm of possibility. After all, if it was something that came to our mind, it was likely something that we were interested in. It could very likely be our passion, she said. It could be our why.

I dreamed of love and using my voice to make a difference, of writing books and starting a motivational blog, of starting a family and leaving a legacy for my children, of traveling the world and living near the ocean. I dreamed of forming deeper connections and spending more time with my friends.

I dreamed of creating something beautiful and lasting, because no one sets out to create anything other than something beautiful and lasting. I dreamed to keep creating, for the very act of creating is the fuel that feeds my spirit and renews my soul.

We owe it to ourselves to find our why, to uncover our passions and to pursue our dreams.

What do you dream of?

Different Life

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