- Jacques Benigne Bossuel
I’ve always been one to ask questions…about anything and everything that crosses my path (much to the chagrin of my parents, teachers, religious leaders, coaches, friends, etc.). My inquiring mind is definitely a big part of who I am and it provides a constant source of creativity to my art and writing. It is the one thing that I can’t ever imagine changing about myself despite the fact that I’ve come across many who perceive my curious nature as a personal challenge when in fact, it is simply my method of learning and processing information.
What I’ve found interesting about understanding my analytical nature is the fact that I have changed the way I interpret and translate the answers I’ve discovered. For most of my life, I felt good about “knowing” or “figuring out” the answers for a variety of reasons…one surely being an ego-based sense of satisfaction, but more than that, having “the answers” provided me with a sense of order and a solid foundation; a sense of security within myself. How interesting the day was when I actually saw the weakness in what I thought was my solid foundation: I was too afraid to not know…to not be prepared…to just “be”.
Not having to “know” the answers has opened up a whole new world for me, especially when it comes to learning and creating. I have realized that the minute I think “I know” an answer, I am closing my eyes and my mind to any other possibility. Why the heck would I want to do that???
Isn’t it more fun to dream about the possibilities?
Isn’t there more to be gained by staying open to what we don’t know and understand?
Isn’t it the unexpected moments in life that make us feel as most alive?
(for more on facing our fears, see my continuing series, “Adventures in Creating Without Fear™“)