One of my routine practices when I first wake is to lie in bed, not open my eyes or talk and try to reclaim whatever was there from the night. Sometimes that's pleasant and sometimes upsetting, but I am one who believes the night can provide solutions for the day -- if we listen. Is it our subconscious or a spirit guide or...? Who can say from where such images and words come. I should be more conscientious about writing these things down in a dream journal but to be honest, I am not. With a really strong dream, I will but otherwise, I let them go and most likely lose opportunities to see patterns.
This morning, I woke with the words-- causes are not reasons. My first thought on it was the usual-- from where'd that come? There was no dream with it. The words at first didn't seem connected to my day. My next thought was that most would consider those two words interchangeable.
After a few cups of coffee and breakfast, I've thought more on it and decided where words have meanings and the dictionary usually tells them to us, we can also assign our own nuances-- which works as long as we only talk to those in agreement with us or where we have first explained our meanings.
I considered what those words mean to me and why they are not the same. My definitions are: Cause is what. Reason is why. If you want to reverse them, that's fine with me; but the essential thought is that to see what is happening does not mean we know the why of it. Often we are bombarded by the causes of things but with no clue what the reason was behind them. Likewise excuses are not reasons.
Examples: Immediate cause of being fat is eating too much food. Reason might be more complex from hormonal imbalances, metabolism changes, to emotional needs not being filled. The cause of our barn going down was the wood was rotten, had insect damage and the roof was far too dangerous to be worked on-- physical elements and all very biological. The reason went further back. Its value was mostly aesthetic and the cost of repair far exceeded any economic value. When we bought the place, its prior uses had already planted the seeds for its eventual destruction.
For our personal lives, looking at what is happening is beneficial to a point but more important is to go to the reason behind it.
Was that the meaning of those words I woke with? Did they even have meaning? I am sure some would say they didn't. For me, I can't say for sure, but it's what came to me this morning. The main lesson to me is what it has been-- don't lose those first morning thoughts.
(Addendum: I thought my piece here was finished when I posted it --until I got the call from the doctor about my skin biopsy from last week which turned out to not be totally good news-- actinic keratosis which is benign but potentially precancerous and will require my going into another doctor to have the rest of my skin looked at for others. Sooooo looking at the words for this morning-- the cause is not the reason... I would say I need to be looking for some emotional reasons for why maybe this happened-- warnings to me about attitudes of mine.. Oh yeah and be in the direct sunlight less.... that goes back to the cause part... dang!)