If my day allows, I like to take a minute to read something that isn’t news, that isn’t a novel, that isn’t the latest non-fiction piece I’m digging into. Call it a devotional or meditation time, but I like to tuck away in the little nook (it’s sort of a closet with no doors) in my apartment that I call The Harmony Room at least once a day to do some thinking, and then some writing about what comes up.
I have all sorts of books in there — lots of philosophy from the likes of Bertrand Russell, some religion — mostly Buddhism (Pema Chodron, Sharon Salzberg) but also Thomas Merton, self-help kinds of things that I either plow through quickly or read one chapter of and put down with a shake of my head plus a mental note to throw in the trash as soon as I can remember to, creative workbooks that are good distractions — y’all know I can’t resist an interesting looking book. But my current Harmony Room favorite is “The Wisdom of Sundays,” by Oprah.
Now, I love Oprah. Who doesn’t? And the thing I love most about her is that she tries. She just tries, plain and simple. She tries to make the world better, she tries to pass on good knowledge, she tries to elevate everything she touches. Nowhere is that more plain than in this book she put together from her Super Soul Sunday show. Each page or two holds a snippet of a conversation she had with someone, and I find them not only relatable but inspiring and most of all, thought provoking. This morning’s reading was about pursuit.
The definition of pursuit according to the OED: the action of pursuing.
The definition of pursue according to the OED: follow in order to catch or attack. seek to attain (a goal). proceed along (a path or route). follow or continue with (a course of action). continue to investigate or discuss.
Of what am I in pursuit?
I thought it was a really good question to ask myself. I’m still thinking about it. I don’t know if there’s a simple answer. And maybe, no, not maybe, I’m actually quite sure of this — the value of the question is not in finding the answer. The value of the question is the question itself.
Happy Monday, Y’all.