Don’t Search. Find

October 23, 2012

“When someone is searching,” said Siddhartha, “then it might easily happen that the only thing his eyes still see is that what he searches for, that he is unable to find anything, to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal. Searching means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal. You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher, because, striving for your goal, there are many things you don’t see, which are directly in front of your eyes.”

The above excerpt is from Siddhartha a book by Hermann Hesse. The book is like a treasure chest. I wanted to share one of the jewels that caught my eye. One that seemed most appropriate for what I’ve gone through lately, and I’m sure most of you have gone through something similar in your life at some point.

Often, we all search instead of find. We are like horses with blinders, unable to see anywhere except forward, towards our goal. This might seem like the correct thing to do, being focused, or whatever you may call it, but it’s not. It’s like a mirage in the desert, because you are so thirsty and in search of water, that’s all you see. It is of utmost importance to take note of all the essential changes your decisions will make on you and the people around you.

Don’t be hasty, reason! Be your own interviewer and ask yourself all the tricky and mind grinding questions that need to be asked, to know, whether or not you are willing to give all it takes for what you are after. Be alert, don’t let your want, blind you. Look at all the intricate details, from top to bottom. And be sure to consult with the One in Whose hands all things are. Ask Him to guide you in making the right choice. Even if you are in a state of panic, don’t hesitate to ask Him for help. He is waiting for you to turn to Him.

Make yourself a promise. From today I will not search, I will find. From today I will not judge, I will observe. From today I will  not gather people’s opinions, I will seek guidance from Him.

Make each step count!

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