Why and when are greater than what and why is the reason. To know your own why is to know the only why you can ever know. You know what others tell you, but how can you know for sure if the why they tell you is their why. It could be their why or it could not. There is no way to know if what they are telling you is true. Many times it is what you want to believe and that has as much to do with your feelings about the “teller” as it does with what is being told.
It takes knowledge and understanding of your Self to know your own why. And depending on how you think at any given time, your own why may be in doubt to you; you just may not know your why. Have you not acted in a way and then asked yourself why? You should have no regrets about what you do. And when you “know” your why, you will not. When you do not know why, it is because of how you think and how you think is disordered and does not serve you well.
Take the time you need to think before you act. Regret should not be the outcome of what you do. You must always know what moved you to take an action. It would not be possible to justify what you do if you—yourself—do not know why. You should know all that you need to know to know why.
When you say, what you say is more important than what you say. You have to say what you want to say at the time that is right to say it. The right thing said at the wrong time and place will not have the desired effect, and in fact could be quite damaging to you and your relationship with others. A word should not be said until the time is right and this you must know before you act or speak. That is, unless you are saying them to yourself to know what to say to someone else.
The right thing said at the wrong time, is worse than not to say anything at all. Words are to convey our thoughts, as we want them to be understood. And what is hard to argue with is that you say and do what you mean. This; however, is not so true when your thinking is disordered.
Knowledge is not good or bad. It is what you do with it that decides what it is worth. And to learn you have to listen and you have to listen until you know what is being said. You have to listen to learn and learn to listen. When it is your time to talk, you have to listen to yourself to know when you have said enough. You have to know when to hold back.