I was skimming through my old copy of Vernon Howard’s, A Treasury of Trueness (http://www.anewlife.org/html/home.html) the other day and came upon this passage:
“When you don’t know something and stick with that unknowing, there
is no conflict. Conflict occurs when you don’t understand something
about life but pretend that you do by grabbing your own answers.”
This is not to say we shouldn’t think and work hard to find the answer. Not only is that effort totally acceptable, it might perhaps (I say “perhaps” because I certainly don’t know – and to state otherwise would be my pretending that I know by grabbing my own answer) 🙂 be what we are put on earth to do.
What I believe Mr. Howard meant was that we should do our best to seek the answer and to figure it out, but to know that we don’t know, and to be able to accept that.
And, one more thing: when we’re pretty sure that we have figured it out and that we do know . . . we should still probably question our own answer.
What a nice way to go through life. Seek, and ye shall find. But, you might not always find. And, that’s okay. There’s a lesson there, as well.