I heard a funny story recently.
It was probably made up, but it piqued my interest anyway.
During the preparation for a Thanksgiving meal, a mother and daughter were in the kitchen.
The mother was making a ham and proceeded to cut the ends off both ends of the meat.
“Why do you cut the ends off mommy?” the daughter asked.
“That’s the way you cook a ham dear,” the mother replied.
“But why mommy?” the daughter insisted.
“Let’s call grandma and ask her. She taught me.”
The pair made the call.
“Hey mom. Quick question. Why do you cut the ends off the ham to cook it?” the mother asked.
“That’s the way I learned to make it,” she said.
“I’m not quite sure why the ends are cut off though. I will call your grandmother and ask her.”
She called and asked.
“Hi mom. Why do you cut the ends off a ham to cook it?”
“You don’t have to cut them off,” she said.
“I did it because the only pan we had was too small to hold it.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in doing that we forget to stop and ask the world’s most important question: Why?
Because someone else said so is not good enough.
If you think about it, most of the social, spiritual and familial constructs we accept were influenced by other people’s opinions and decisions.
The heroines and heros of the world have one thing in common: they all asked ‘why does it have to be this way?’
Self-determination is not just for those we put on pedestals.
It is our responsibility as individual reflections of something greater than ourselves.
Sure, there’s some science behind some of what we do on a day to day basis, but there is also a lot of “tradition”.
Some of which is rooted in a pan that’s too small.
Committed to your brilliance,