Instead of Asking “Why.”

Via Tracy Wisneski
on Apr 14, 2012
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I heard a bird squawking from one side of the sky, and then, in response, I heard a whole group from the other side. The group then met up with the single bird, rather than the other way around. Is that about leadership? If I sing song pretty enough, will you follow me?

The atmosphere on my back porch is bewitching. Of course, the porch that Joe built us is charming, but even outside of it is beautiful in its simplicity. One quarter of the view from our back yard is conservation. It’s a mix of tall scrub oaks covered in Spanish moss, Grandfather Oaks, Maples, Elms, and Cyprus trees with their exposed roots that grow above the swamp.

I see all sorts of birds out here: woodpeckers with their red heads and polka-dotted wings, owls, hawks, robins, blue jays, titmice, cranes… it’s only their songs and the bubbling of the pond’s waterfall that I hear.

I’m looking up toward the conservation and the sun is at a great place between branches so that it gives this great filtered light. It’s hitting some of the leaves from the passion vine that weaves through our porch and it’s making them glow an almost fluorescent green. There’s a hawk hunting overhead, its magnificent wings spread wide as it glides around in that blue, blue sky dotted with just a scattering of fluffy, glowing clouds.

I just want to have it all flow through me.

There are things for me to do, but none are currently behind, so I can get to them later or tomorrow. I have family stresses that I need to problem-solve, bills I need to pay, laundry I need to wash, and accounting work that I need to do, but I don’t want to think about any of that now, because if I do, it will all come at me at once. So, I’m pushing it all back and just soaking this in and letting it take the place of all that stress.

It’s like finding all of your chains tangled in the jewelry box. You can’t put one of them on until you untangle the mass of them.

I’m not going to work on accomplishing anything besides finding my balance right now. I’m thankful for all this nature around me. There’s so much more to the universe than what we create. It’s hard to tell what we’re doing right or wrong and how it affects more things than we can understand.

When I’m outside, I feel a communion with what’s real and intended, what’s got more balance and electricity and magnetism and perfection than we as humans could ever possibly attain.

Being raised Catholic and coming to the conclusion that I don’t believe in the Judeo-Christian accounting of God is a confusing feeling. I’ve felt “The Holy Spirit” and other transcendental auras. I have faith. I am not an atheist and I do not believe that people are “it.” I believe… in something far more elemental, yet far more complicated than any named deity.

Our universe is amazing in its perfection. Even its imperfections, in my opinion, are a part of self-correction, and therefore still perfect. The universe is divine, and it is out here in nature where I can feel it and allow it to mellow me or excite me or any of a number of things, but it all comes down to a more honest truth than I can find words for, and certainly a divinity that is beyond our comprehension.

It feels like something I can see in my mind’s peripheral vision, but as Pink Floyd said,

“I turned to look, but it was gone.”

That’s okay, though, because it doesn’t need a name and it doesn’t need to be fully understood in order for me to celebrate it. It speaks to my soul and literally to my body as well. Sometimes it’s not about words at all, in fact, some things can be robbed from us if we try too hard to put words to them because they’re beyond language, and I guess that’s how they should stay.

“Make the best of this task and don’t ask why…”

Sometimes we get so caught up in analyzing why we’re living through something that we miss the lesson altogether. Every trial is not a penance. Have you ever considered that some of them may even be gifts? When is there any growth without tension?

And maybe it’s not even about us at all, maybe we’re tied up in someone else’s destiny for a minute.

So, instead of asking, “why” ask “how.” How will I live this minute, this day with as much joy and love as I can muster?



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About Tracy Wisneski

Tracy Wisneski is a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend and a teacher. Though she’s worked most of her life, she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She loves too deeply for her own good, but wouldn’t have it any other way. You can reach Tracy via email: [email protected]


17 Responses to “Instead of Asking “Why.””

  1. Guest says:

    Beautiful! A true work of art!

  2. joe says:

    I love it !

  3. Lydia says:

    You drew a lovely picture of your surroundings in my mind. Loved it!

  4. Tracy says:

    Thank you!

  5. Tracy says:


  6. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much! I hope I wrapped you in a little peace too! 🙂

  7. Monique says:

    "A communion with what's real and intended"… Love that. Such a beautiful way to describe such a pure moment. More Please!!!

  8. Dana says:

    "How will I live this minute, this day with as much joy and love as I can muster?"
    That really is the key to happiness, isn't it? Really nice essay, Tracy ~ and thanks for the reminder.

  9. Jill Barth says:

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    Thanks for sharing!
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  10. ValCarruthers says:

    Loved this, Tracy!

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

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  11. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! I'm excited to become part of such a beautiful community!

  12. Annette says:

    Thank you for opening your experience and thoughts to us in such a poetic way. I’m glad you have that nature around you, too, as I got a taste of it. You are thoughtful and deserving of all of it – of all good things. I look forward to your next work. Thanks, again!

  13. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much and yes, I have liked elephant green on FB!

  14. Tracy says:

    You're so welcome Dana! Thank you!

  15. Tracy says:

    Thank you Monique! I constantly remind myself of those small, but vitally important truths in an oftentimes complicated world.

  16. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much Annette! Sharing it with others gives me an even deeper sense of promise.

  17. Michele says:

    "It’s like finding all of your chains tangled in the jewelry box. You can’t put one of them on until you untangle the mass of them." I am going to use this when I need to remember one thing at a time! Thank you. Great piece! xo Michele