I’ve sat in this chair many times in my life. And even in these days I keep coming back to it. Not because it’s comfortable, but because it is a part of my life now.
The chair of “I don’t have it all figured out yet.”
I think the journey is an important part of the process, and of figuring things out. We search, we question, we ponder, we wonder, we ask, we seek, we knock, we read, we ask some more.
Those elements are what make up the chair we all sit in. Oh, we’re nudged to always seek the end, the result of a thing, after all, that is success, right?
What if … what if we trusted our instincts, trusted our gut. I think we have a finely tuned brain that works very well. And in that brain is a mind – conscious and subconscious – that has captured a lot of data from our collective years of living. Now why would God go to all that trouble to give us a fine and capable mind like that and not want us to trust all the data it has collected during all the years of our living?
I say “trust the data” and we both know there is a lot of stuff in there that simply won’t work, and that is where the chair comes in.
That chair of “I don’t have it all figured out yet” is our resting place, our mulling place. It is a “sorting chair” to borrow an idea from the Harry Potter series and the “sorting hat”.
It is perfectly okay not to know. It is good to wrestle with life, to seek and ponder. You are in good company if that is where you are at times.
And if you really need to figure something out, something heavy, or big, or life-altering, then go to your chair and sort and review and remember and perhaps the answer will come.
Some sit in this chair and pray, and that is good.
Some sit and read other’s words, and that is good.
Some phone a friend, and that is good.
Some sort through their life and find clues, and that is good.
Welcome your moments in the chair.
See what happens.
This post is based on a quote from Will Farrell at a 2017 USC commencement address.
The full quote: "For many of you who don't have it all figured out it's okay, that's the same chair that I sat in," he said. "Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dart board, don't listen to the critics and you will figure it out."
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