When I was in grade school, I was well, um, different. I am not sure what else to say about it. I was not a total geek –well, i\’m at least fairly sure I wasn\’t. lol!

I just didn\’t have that one thing that I was “all about.” And, I was much to non-conformist to really hang tight with the popular crowd.

I can remember thinking over and over, “Why are we doing this? It seems so stupid.” when it came to the social cliques. However, it sure did not seem like anyone around me was asking those questions, or if they were, they were keeping it to themselves.

Anyway, the questioning has persisted through to adulthood. It is still just too easy for me to ask the question, “Why?” And along the way, I have learned that this can be an amazingly powerful question.

The more you are caught up in the rat race the harder it is to ask the question \”Why?\”. You just don’t have enough time. That is why the question why is favored by children and philosophers – those with time enough to ponder rather then just act.

As Allen Watts says, “a philosopher is nothing more than a yokel who walks around staring at things that other people think are totally commonplace.”

Well let’s take a page from his book for a minute.

I have written a lot about what I think is important and the power of caring more but why are we doing this? I am not even just talking about your work. I want you to ask this about your whole life.

When was the last time you asked yourself \”Why have I chosen the life that I have?\”

And then take it one step further, what is the BIG point? Why are you here? Why are you conscious and aware? And, why do you choose to stay that way, become more so, or even become less so?

If you can’t answer these questions with an answer, and an answer that you feel proud of, then I can bet you that you are not as happy or as successful as you would like to be.

BY Dr. Kate Siner