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Dec 16
Seek not and ye shall find more

The above statement may be a little disturbing, I know. Firstly, it looks like a negation of a Bible quote (which it is) and secondly, it seems obviously not true.

Changing the Bible words always seemed inappropriate. The Bible is a common heritage and to the most of us represents obvious knowledge that should not be messed with. Even despite the fact that the Book is not really copyrighted and misrepresenting its sentences is not a subject to prosecution anymore. People today will not shout about burning at stake in such case but will still gravely ask "what the hell do you mean?" So I necessarily have to explain myself.

I will shortly mention in my defense that from the logic's point of view my sentence is not in contradiction with Saint Matthews words – negating the first part of implication does not make it whole untrue – but I do not want to bring you a headache, so please, forget it as fast as you can.

I would rather tell you how did it happen that I came to such uneasy conclusion. It was my vacation time and I tried to plan it carefully, especially that we decided to spend it travelling throughout the Europe (see the scope of it here), sightseeing all its wonders.

But of course you cannot possibly see them all, there's just too many…  If we tried to visit every beautiful place we pass, we would probably never reach any point of destination and everyday we would end up caught by dark, somewhere in the middle of travelling, still wondering what we have missed. The only way was to choose. So I planned hard, finding and choosing – the biggest, the highest, the most popular and the most beautiful – and tried to fit them in daylight hours of all days at my disposal.


The result was quite good, if you would look at it with a fresh eye of a tour's participant. We were visiting delightful places both from emotional (like the town of Jičin, dear to the heart of everyone who happen to know the cartoon stories of Rumcajs the Robber) and aesthetical point of view (like Königssee boat trip across the highest mountain lake in Germany), just to name the first ones. But I, the planner, no matter how I enjoyed this, all the time had in the back of my head all the things that I lost, bypassed, visited too short or couldn't reach. Like tickets sold out for months to DaVinci's 'Last Supper', that metaphorically sent us to bed hungry in Milano or postponing Mont Blanc trip to next vacation because there is really too many Alps in Alps. In addition to that, I started to have a feeling that we do not only miss some other places, but that we also miss whole categories of things that are not classifiable as 'most and best', because they are not so easily measurable.

However when days were passing and trip continued, with me still counting things seen and unseen, I noticed that for every beautiful place that we reach and appreciate, there were two or three other amazing things that I didn't plan, didn't take into account or that just happened. How could I foresee the flowing clouds seen over Lac du Mont Cenis in high mountains; small and ancient city of Susa including nice gelaterie in one of its narrow streets; tragic history of old town of Béziers, that I got to know only because of the overnight visit there; or a time spent on the beach of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the middle of Rhône river delta, with flamingos on every pond around. The more of these unexpected delights we met, the more I was a fan of this text's title idea, that simple seeking is not always the right way of finding.

Travelling is never failing metaphor of life, so soon I realized that every time I want to achieve some satisfying result – will it be making vacation great, fixing a broken chair or being good at some job – these two things are necessary: knowing exactly what I want and how should I get there – and I mostly do not fully recognize none of them.  Finding mean sometimes getting a screwdriver from the case, sometimes recognizing what you want and sometimes discovering a new place. Seeking is sometimes going straight to the point, sometimes intensive searching, sometimes waiting for things to come and sometimes just being in the right place at the right time.

There is often a lot of uncertainty in that and mostly a lot of deliberate effort necessary if we want the result to be truly satisfactory. Therefore , as I also wrote in the beginning, my title statement is obviously untrue. Seeking is just a complex process and requires various actions and attitudes.


If you would look for a suitable tool for that in your life, Omnicontext™  Personal Analytics could be quite of help to you.  It's not a simple ask'n'tell device. It shows you in as many different contexts as there are sides in your activity. It helps you seek and search and recognize yourself in many ways that you didn't  try yet. And I hope it will allow you to find what you needed, or what you never knew you wanted.

Having an open mind and open eyes is always valuable, which, by the way, is especially important while reading sacred books.


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  • Pawel Kuciara
 on 2/29/2016 8:49 PM
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