Why not me? I would venture to say that not many people have heard this phrase, “Why not me?” Many times we hear people say, “Why me?” You will hear this in a multitude of situations. You just got pulled over for speeding and say, “Why me?” How about the star athlete that is probably going to get a scholarship? They break their arm and ask, “why me?” You show up to work Monday morning only to find out that your position has been eliminated due to budget cuts. On the way home you are wondering how you are going to pay your bills, how you’re going to put food on the table, and how you are ever going to find another job in this economy. You cry out, “Why me?”
Of course, I do not have the answers to all of these questions. I only want to pose a different outlook for you. In this type of situation when you find yourself asking “Why me?” consider changing the question to “WHY NOT ME?” When you change the question, you change your outlook and you begin to think differently. Your outlook will be more positive and optimistic instead of a negative pessimistic look. It often gets you away from depression and sympathetic perspectives.
Let’s take a deeper dive into one of the situations mentioned above and see how it actually looks to ask, “Why me?” versus “Why not me?” You are the star athlete and the scouts keep pouring in to see how talented you are. The next thing you know you are in the hospital getting a stainless steel pin put in your arm from the break you suffered in practice. There go the scouts and all of the potential scholarships you were bound to get. You can’t help to question, “Why me?” You mope around for the next few weeks just pondering “Why me?” You ask your friends “Why me?” And of course they have no answers. You start to get lethargic and gain a few pounds. Now you start breathing hard when you try to get up a flight of stairs. As time goes on you even begin to wonder how you were ever a start athlete.
Looking at the “Why not me?” approach, you come home from the hospital and start wondering “Why not me?” You consider that maybe this incident is to make you a stronger person. You think that if it would have happened to one of your team-mates maybe they wouldn’t be able to overcome this hurdle. So, yeah, why not me? You know it will help you learn perseverance and strengthen your work ethic. You wonder if this accident is for you to show the scouts how strong you am and that your work ethic is something to be commended. You start getting stronger and pushing through the pain in rehab all because of your “Why not me?” perspective.
I can’t help but to believe that Bethany Hamilton, one arm surfer, has this type of outlook. I am convinced that this outlook helped her become a champion after she lost her arm in a shark attack. How about Joseph as told in the book of Exodus? I bet he had the attitude “Why not me?” Do you really think that he could have survived the hatred and betrayal of his brothers without a “Why not me” attitude?
It all starts with your attitude and I suggest you try “Why not me?”