Day #536: ‘The Search’: The Question we Must All Answer

We all have an amazing ability to overlook the intensity of our everyday lives. We get wrapped up in what we mistakenly call the mundane, the grind, the everydayness of life.

In the classic Walker Percy novel The Moviegoer, the main character, Binx Bolling, claims to be on a loosely defined “search” in life. “What is the nature of the search?” he asks in the book. “The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.”

What are you searching for? Maybe it’s a search for meaning, for an answer, for a solution to a problem you know you’re equipped to solve.  You might start getting these feelings once you approach the end of the year and you look at your life and how you spent your year and you can’t say confidently you have been doing that important thing you know you should be doing. While that might be depressing, it is also a good time to start answering those big questions once you start thinking of your goals for the coming year.

Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art says : ‘Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us Between the two stands Resistance’.

What is standing in the way of your search? Are you getting so bogged down in the day-to-day minutiae of your life that you overlook the power of each moment? Your search is your purpose. Remind yourself of it daily. Remember that it’s the little things that add up to the big picture. Do not wait for impending death to light the fire of action inside yourself. Act today. Start small. There are opportunities hiding in the “day-to-day.”

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