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PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS. When you hear the word why, what comes to mind? The definition states the word why as a reason or explanation. When used as an adverb, it means for what reason or purpose. The true purpose of asking is to inquire or request to dialogue with a person to understand a thought process or to gain knowledge or wisdom.

When children reach the age of curiosity, the "why" phase of life begins. Parents receive questions such as why is the sky blue, why do I have to take a nap, and why do I have to brush my teeth or take a bath? No matter how many answers you give, the questions keep coming, and usually, after all of the questions, the parents are so exhausted and frustrated that the parent turns to the child and asks why they are asking so many questions. As adults, the "why" phase of life enters when we are bewildered and perplexed about something that has happened. People are quick to assume that when a person asks why, the person is challenging their decision, action, or words when in reality, it could be different. Questions such as why me, why must I suffer, why do people continue to hurt me, why should I have to put up with this, or why did that person have to die are all questions that seek a reason or explanation. Why becomes more important than who, what, when, and where. It is not always about the answer; it's about gaining clarity and insight into the situation or circumstance. It also allows a person to understand that they might need to determine for themselves if someone of higher intellectual or position is not around. Have you ever wondered why people get annoyed or angry when you ask questions? Could it be that they are intimidated or lack confidence in themselves to be able to provide an answer? Maybe the question was posed at the wrong time, wrong setting, or worded poorly.

I would ask that the next time you get that why question, remember, we all hunger to seek greater understanding and purpose, and asking why increases our wisdom and knowledge. So take the time and answer the question because there is some logic behind it, and your answer could be the missing piece to put the puzzle together. #SPEAK2MYHEART

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