Occasionally, when I am wrestling with questions or looking for answers I like to flip through old books for inspiration. Many of my books have passages highlighted or tagged with pencil or pen, pages are dog-eared or post-its stick out haphazardly, marking a spot that had meaning when I last read the book. Sometimes I reread the marked area and it does not resonate any more. I leave it as it is, perhaps it will on another day, when I return again. And then sometimes something I marked previously was exactly what I was looking for. Finding those spots feels like unearthing treasure.
Two quotes found me as I flipped through my stacks of books. Both from Danielle LaPorte (of Desire Map and Fire Starter Sessions fame).
- You already know the answer
- You don’t need to know the answer before you begin
Quotes about answers, when I went hunting for answers. This was not lost on me. Harumph was my first thought.
But if I already knew the answer I wouldn’t be hunting for it… Hmph. Pause.
So…. what if I really do already know the answer? Hmph… pause again. Wait and sit with it. Somewhere deep in my soul I think this is true. Actually, I know this is true. I do already know the answer.
But the answer can be scary. If the answer is so far away from where I am now. How do I get there? Hmmm, perhaps I’ll just pretend I don’t know the answer. But no… no, no, no. I do actually know the answer. So, that’s not going to work anymore.
But how to get to the answer? When I am. So. Very. Far. Away.
And there is the second quote, patiently waiting. You don’t need to know the answer before you begin. Simply begin. And the answer (the one I believe I know), it may change along the way. In fact, it probably will change. So that is alright too.
I already know the answer. The answer will change. And I don’t really need to know the answer. I simply need to begin.
So if I were my own best friend, and my friend was looking for answers, I would tell my friend – you already know the answer and begin. Trust what you already know. Trust. Believe. And most importantly begin, even if you aren’t sure about the answer. Begin. Believe. Begin.