I am a big fan of Seth Godin’s newsletters. There are always gems in his postings. Here is one that I read and re-read:
…doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
…doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
If we spend our days ignoring the things we don’t understand (because they must not be true and they must not be important) all we’re left with is explored territory with little chance of improvement.
Sometimes, I am not sure that what I am writing is true or important in a general sense. Writing helps me to understand what is important and what is true for me. This leads me to unexplored territory, that landscape that leads me to my True Self.
Why “unexplored territory”? Mostly, because as a work-in-progress, there are always areas of my emotional, intellectual, and mental processes that morph. There are terrains that I am familiar with and / or comfortable with (You can’t have unexplored territory without knowing that there is something out there, after all).
Is this true and important, this exploration of, seeking for, my True Self? For me, it is. As an educator, coach, writer, person on the planet, I am in constant dialogue with others personally and professionally. In these conversations, we often indicate the importance of knowing where the other is coming from. It is also essential to know where I am coming from.
Why do I teach, write, coach, or do any of the other things that bring me joy, keep me in contact with others, or help me to better understand the world and myself? That is an ongoing exploration and it is important to know what is true for me.