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The Things That Nobody Knows

It’s kind of funny… I guess… I was over at the supermarket yesterday. …Picking up the ingredients for dinner. I went through the self-checkout line, as I always do. I paid and had put my items into my (from India) self-brought bag with an image of Lord Ganesh on it. “Jai Ganesha Pahimam!” All good… Just as I was about to leave, I noticed that there was this big stack of a paper bags in front of me. You know, for people who didn’t bring their own bag. I grabbed one, folded it in half, and put it in my Ganesh bag.  As I did, I noticed that the young female overseer of the self-check-out area looked at me. I imagine she was wondering why I would take a bag when I already had a bag. Me, I smiled, said, “Thank you,” and left.  She will never know why I did what I did.
Why did I do it? Answer: My cats love to play in paper bags. First, they go inside of it for a little while. Then, they jump on it, smashing it, making all kinds of noise. That’s actually kind of annoying. But, if you love you furry friends, like I do, you want to give them that something special, to make their life just a little bit better, whenever you can.
I knew what I was doing and why I was doing it. But, the young employee did not. She, most likely, never will.
Now, think about life/think about your life. How many things do you do that you know why you’re doing them, but the rest of the world does not. Maybe these things are small like taking a paper bag home from the supermarket. Maybe they are much bigger. But, you are doing what you are doing, you know why you are doing it, you have a reason for doing it, but no one else understands.
So, here’s the question, does that someone else need to know why you are doing what you are doing? Do you need to explain it to them? Or, can you just do, with no explanation necessary?
For each individual, their life is different. Some/most live in a very clearly defined world of practical reality. Others, are a little over to one side. Some people are just nuts. But, we each do what we do for the reason that only we truly understand. Does it ultimately matter if anyone else understands your reason for you doing what you are doing?