This essay is packed with invaluable advice about the most powerful word in the English language.
That word is why.
It Relieves Stress
The power of the word WHY is so fantastic it will relieve stress.
Say you are washing your kid's sippy cup for the umpteeth time. This is, as you may be able to tell, a personal story. There you are, in the sink, washing washing washing.
You begin to feel stressed out. How many times will you wash this cup again? Is this all you do now, wash sippy cups? Your brow furrows and you begin to feel irritable.
Then you remember to ask yourself WHY you are washing the sippy cup.
As you stand at the sink you begin to think about your baby and how much you love her. You think about how great it is to be able to provide her with food and drink. You love feeling her soft, hydrated arms in yours. You know that a sippy cup gets that water to her lips without ever spilling. You start to think how wonderful it is that you have sippy cups and a great daughter and a sink and warm water and such a great world to live in…
And thus the powerful word WHY has done it again! Now you are not only stress-free, but you are elated and dancing in the streets!
It Cleans Floors
Now I will tell you that the power of the word WHY is so great that it will not only reduce stress in your life, but it can make you love things you normally hate!
That's right, sing while you clean the toilet or run errands. All with the power of a little three-letter word.
Here is another example from my own life.
I don't know about you, but vacuuming isn't my favorite thing to do. When it's time to vacuum, I put it off. I stall. I wonder if I can get my husband to do it.
This behavior of mine about housework (or my lack thereof) has created quite a stir in my marriage at times.
One day I was so frustrated that the darned ole dirty carpet was such a sore spot in my life and with my husband, I decided to grit my teeth and just do it.
But lo and behold! I remembered the word WHY and it saved my life! I started to think about WHY I wanted to vacuum. At first I thought "Because I have to", but that didn't feel good. Then I thought "Because my husband will be frustrated if I don't" and that didn't feel good at all, either.
Then I thought "Because I do like it when it's clean". What's that? I like it when it's clean? Why, yes, I do! I love it when the carpet is all clean with those just-vacuumed lines running all over it like a newly-mowed baseball field. I love the feeling of walking into an uncluttered, freshly vacuumed room – it's so great it makes me want to say "Ahhhhhh"!
And as I got into the great feeling of WHY I wanted a clean carpet, not only did I vacuum it, but I was excited to vacuum it!
Not only did I get to enjoy the effect of my work on the floors, I also got to enjoy seeing the surprise on my husband's face when he came home!
It Gets You Out of Chores
Now, while the power of WHY can help you clean floors and love to do your chores, you can also use the power of WHY to never force yourself to do something you really, really don't want to do.
Say, for example, you are procrastinating about getting out your holiday greeting cards. (This is another example from my own life.) After weeks of feeling guilty about not doing it and feeling increasingly anxious that the end of December is growing near, you decide to use the power of WHY to invigorate you into the task.
Only this time it backfires.
As you ask yourself WHY you are sending out holiday greeting cards this year, you find that you can't muster up any positive reasons. The only thing that keeps coming to you is that you'd feel guilty if you didn't send any.
Uh-oh! That is a big eye-opener to you!
Now you have the clarity to see WHY you were going to send them in the first place. You realized you didn't decide to send the cards, you just assumed that you were going to do it because that's what you do this time of year, right?
Now you can choose to either a) send them anyway because the guilt is too much to get over and it's just easier to lick stamps than deal with it or b) forget about sending the cards with a cackle while you relish being older which means you really get to say ‘NO!' whenever you want to or my favorite…
You may find that once you've realized that you're carrying around someone else's ideas about holiday cards (perhaps your parents') that you can release their invisible expectations and just start from scratch – making up your own ideas about holidays and their cards in general. Maybe then you'll send those cards out because you really want to! Or not – but you'll feel fr-ee as a bird!
Either way, the power of WHY gives you clarity to see what is really going on behind your issue, and since clarity brings with it the gift of seeing your choices, it is one of the most important things there is (after the word WHY, of course)!
But Wait, There's More
But there is one last thing that WHY can do that is more powerful than anything else mentioned here.
WHY can create anything you want in your life!
That's right, the power of WHY is the power of creation. WHY can bring you jobs, love, money or health – whatever you want!
Whenever you ask yourself WHY you want something, and by asking yourself WHY you get pumped up with wonderful, positive-feeling emotion, then you are harnessing the fuel of manifestation.
Don't just write a list of what you want. Write a list of what you want and then add WHY you want it.
The more pumped-up you can get about your WHY (or the more peaceful, joyful or "ahhhh") you can get about your WHY, the faster it will come to you.
The word WHY unlocks your emotions about what you are wanting. It is the emotion that speeds the creation. If you simply think something, that's like building a car, turning it on, and putting it on the road without anybody in it. It's nice to look at but it doesn't get you anywhere.
When you ask yourself WHY that's like getting in the car and putting your foot down on the gas pedal. The WHY creates the feeling that you are already driving in your wonderful new creation. The more positive you feel as you answer your WHY, the more you are pushing down on the gas pedal. The more positive your emotions, the faster you reach your destination.
Go Now and WHY
Now you have the power of WHY at your fingertips. Go forth and use it! Use it to enjoy your life today – right now! Use it to create the life you want! This powerful tool is yours….. and WHY?
Because bringing this information to you fills me with excitement and joy. I love writing. I love sharing and teaching. I love my life and my work. And it brings me the most incredible feeling of love and fulfillment to deliver this essay to you.
Now, ask yourself WHY you are going to employ the techniques in this article in your life and then watch the magic happen!