“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates
The process of looking internally for any sort of answers or revelations always seemed a little Zen-ish to me. It so happened that the church of my youth discouraged any sort of self-discovery since it was likely an affront to trusting the divine, but, truthfully, naval gazing and the like has never been action-oriented enough for my liking.
At some point, however, whether it be a search for meaning, some type of crisis or just general curiosity, most of us will decide to try to figure out who we are. What makes me tick? Why do I lose my mind when I see a swerving minivan driver on his phone? How can my children make me so proud and so insane in the span of two minutes?
For me, that point of crisis was in my mid-30s. I was going through a crummy divorce and the strain caused me to reach out for help in a number of places, including a ton of books and some counseling. During a particularly troubling session, my trusted advisor posed the question, “Who is Matt Meline?”
“Hell if I know,” was my answer.
Well, it turns out a little self-discovery can go a long way and, in the end, can pave the way to a little acceptance. The uncertainty I felt in that counselling session didn’t sit well with me, and if you’re in a similar position, I encourage you to stay tuned for future posts on this topic.
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