Is there some magic cure, or antidote, for this thinking-mode that grips us, that won’t let go?
Is there some app, some formula, some DIY/self-help book solution for finding depth or meaning? Can we find that in our own thoughts, within the walls of our own brain – or can we find it only from reading others, listening to others, questioning others. Sometimes all of the above. Sometimes none …
There is no right answer to anything, so it seems.
But we have no difficulty pointing-out many wrong ones, no hesitation to point out where someone made a mistake – or to agree with some reporting that points out how some public figure, business leader or expert went wrong through some failing of character, performance or malfeasance. So easy to note, so easy to point out those errors and flaws of others. No mirror required, no follow up required, no accountability required. Perhaps, before we take shots at others we should do some self-examination …
What is depth of meaning?
Or meaning of depth?
Are these terms the same, or opposites in meaning or effect?
People often write or speak of things which seem deep, and as we read or listen to them, they seem very meaningful. Sometimes it is the author or speaker’s ‘finding meaning’, sometimes we identify with their message – and sometimes both.
Sometimes we read or listen to something deep – or at least it seems deep; sometimes it is the use of big words, complex concepts or radically new approaches to a subject or idea – and then we think that person is deep. The writer or speaker is taking us on a journey, leading us in a struggle to achieve new understanding. Sometimes to show off their brilliance, sometimes to illuminate some darkness for us – and sometimes both.
Aimlessly staring out a window or deep in thought on a trek deep in the woods, we either control what our mind is doing, or it controls us – and sometimes both.
Quiet time, quiet place – time for relaxing the pace of tight shoulders and rapid race through our week to relax. I like that, it lets my morning coffee truly percolate through me, lets me relax and think uninterrupted by schedule or meetings, feeling neither called or called upon.
Yet there is something tugging. Seems constant, unrelenting; wants me to figure something out, something complex, something involving meaning – and sometimes both.
No write answer. No right answer. Sometimes both!
Questions we ask of each other, of ourselves are too often superficial routine housekeeping items; too seldom are they deep or meaningful. The challenge, each time we meet someone new or explore some new opportunity, relationship or connection – is that we need to ‘learn that person’ the way you learn the piano or a sport – there are rules, there are ‘things to appreciate’, the way things are done and there is practice. Practice, practice, practice.
And each time we explore someone new, cross the threshold of a new business or personal relationship we are no different than Cortez seeking his fountain of youth in the new world – seeking depth, seeking understanding and seeking a solution to a problem. Is the problem one of finding the fountain of youth, or an antidote to aging/death –or, sometimes both?
A Good muse, Mr. K. Just read a Linked In article on the 50 hottest companies attracting people. The ideas are an extension of your thinking….the attachment has a link to the companies but Costolo’s thinking is interesting. Hope all is well in your world. As of June, I’ll be closed down and learning to live on the gov’t…..bummer but happy!, NB, Calgary, AB