It has occurred to me over the last while that for a very long time I had been looking at things all wrong.
Shocking I know. 😉
I had spent a lot of time believing the hype, the quotes and I suppose the movies and thought that we all must be searching for our own very special, very important answers.
It was shown, insinuated and flat-out told to me that this was what it was all about. Finding that answer; that truth which would set us free, make us happy and make everything make some freaking sense.
An answer would be great sure…but what the heck was the question?
Nobody ever talked about that part. Certainly no one ever told me what the questions were or should be. Most importantly, no one ever talked about how to figure that out.
This realization hit me one day and it took a long time and a lot of other little wake up calls to really understand what this meant.
Go on..ask yourself. What is the question you are trying to answer?
For years I felt this pull, the need to look for something. I begain to learn about different religions and cultures. To look at different aspects of the human condition. I studied psychology, sociology, biology, geology, ancient cultures, linguistics, the greats of literature, mental health, special needs…the list goes on. I found some peace and connections here and there, but never could really put it all together into this mythical ‘answer’.
I think it made me a better teacher though; such a wide variety of interests. My thirst for learning rubbed off on some of my students I hope.
But yet, here I am. Realizing that the reason I could not find my answer, even among all this different formal learning, and life experiences was simply mind blowing. And it was this – I didn’t know the question I was trying to answer.
The answer? That may not be what is really important after all.
Perhaps the real key in life is not in finding all the answers. It’s asking questions that matter to you and exploring them. Truth is, you may not find the answer to your original question. The truth is you may only end up with more questions.
But that’s good. Self discovery, life…it’s about figuring out what matters. There is no magical final answer out there. Each answer can only lead to more questions so it makes sense to pay attention to the questions you are asking.
Ask the right ones and you are going to end up on a path that will lead you to yourself. Questions bring light and understanding to your heart and soul as much as they do to your mind. GOOD questions lead you further into a topic or idea. There is no end to that kind of discovery!
How freaking exciting is that?
My suggestion is to we need to spend more time on figuring out the question. You may find you already hold the answers you look for.
What questions have you been asking?