February 1, 2011

Quotable Insights: The Benefit of Being Lost

Like many people, I find quotes to be exceptionally inspiring. It is truly amazing how a particular sequence of words can change your entire mood, perspective, and overall outlook on life. Quotes can take on an entire life of their own … and that’s what I’m here to explore. In each “Quotable Insights” post, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes, along with an expanded contemplation on its meaning.

“If we don’t get lost, we’ll never find a new route.” – Joan Littlewood

The concept of fear infiltrates our lives. Though it comes in many forms, a extremely common fear is that of the unknown. From something as simple as knowing the directions to a new restaurant to the complexity of choosing a career or a life-long partner, fear of the unknown is ever-present.

We long for a schedule, a time line, a guide book – some sort of organization amongst the chaos of the world. But what if you were lost? Whether emotionally, psychologically, or literally, being lost evokes feelings of failure & helplessness.

Here’s my question: Why? Why do we assume that being lost is a negative thing? Happiness, self-appreciation, and the revolutionary events of the world don’t happen when people do whatever everyone else does. We must take the time to explore ourselves & the world around us. We must question the norm & delve into areas that make us uncomfortable. The fear we once knew will be stripped away & replaced by a sense of wonder and acceptance.

Life is a journey with an unknown final destination (death notwithstanding). There is no other “you” in the entire expanse of the universe. Your journey is unique, your route is unknown. You are bound to get lost along the way, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy or capable of exploring all life has to offer.

When we are lost, we truly free. We can experience the unbridled possibilities of life, love, dedication, and inspiration. Our hearts and minds can fly in any direction we can imagine. The opportunities are endless and the probability is needless. Like the ancient Chinese concept of Ying & Yang, we can’t have one opposite without the other. You wouldn’t know love without hate, happiness without sadness, and we can’t be found without first being lost.

The next time someone tells you to “Get Lost”, tell them “Thank You” and wish the same blessing on them.

How do you interpret this quote?

[Photo credit: Ashley R Good]
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