By Rev. Kurt Condra
Reporters are trained to cover the 5-Ws (Who? What? Where? When? Why?). They’re good for making sense of human drama. But I’m convinced too much focus on the 5-Ws detracts from our spiritual power.
Consider the story of the woman caught in adultery and brought before Jesus to be stoned. He wastes no energy sleuthing out “Who did what to whom, when and where?” Instead, he basically sidesteps the drama of 5-W fact-checking and challenges her accusers, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then, when the vigilantes have left, he advises the woman, “Go and sin no more.”
Jesus’ rejoinders shift focus for both accused and accuser from outer conditions and projections to inner reflection. It’s a shift that’s necessary in order to grow in awareness and understanding. So when drama arises, as it does for us all, here are five questions to redirect energy away from perpetuating drama and toward creating fuller, freer lives:
• What in this situation is a trigger for me?
• What can I learn?
• Where’s the blessing?
• What shifts will align me with the divine?
• What’s the most loving response?