Thoughts and Questions on Searching

  • The risk of seeking illumination through introspection is that a flood of tears can douse the candle, plunging the searcher into irrevocable darkness.
  • Thinking that searching for answers is a logical endeavor suggests that the question is clear; sometimes, only after finding answers do the questions present themselves.
  • Looking in the mirror, it’s clear that mirrors conceal everything beneath the surface of the reflection. You have to get behind the eyes to see what’s beneath the veneer; and that means breaking the mirror.
  • We’re surrounded by life-preservers, the people in our lives who keep our heads above choppy waters. If we dive too deep, looking for the bottom, we risk losing life preservers to the tide.
  • How might we cope with finding that the role we should have filled has been left empty, leaving a void that has cascaded through the life-preservers around us?
  • If we learn the time we’ve spent digging a hole in search of the bottom should have been spent, instead, filling holes dug by others, which holes should we fill first?



About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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2 Responses to Thoughts and Questions on Searching

  1. Mary Lou says:

    All life experiences, whether good or bad, happy or sad, make up the sum total of who we are as a person — and a writer. Don’t bury them as if they never happened. Don’t turn away because they are painful. They are what make you human. – mary lou moran

    Tom Spanbauer calls it “Dangerous Writing” – Poets and Writers Mag Jan/Feb 2016. “To write dangerous is to go to parts of ourselves that we know exist but try to ignore–parts that are sad, sore; parts that are silent, and heavy.”

    It is usually informative, and sometimes healing.

  2. Juan Flores says:

    I love reading these, John…..

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