We are all searching for something. From the moment we are born when we are looking for warmth and sustenance, we are searching. Sometimes we are simply searching for our keys, directions to a new hot location or sometimes a lost memory. That is what moves us forward. Could it be that the simple act of searching is the true meaning of life?

In the animal world, creatures spend their lives in the pursuit of food and shelter. That allows them to live. They procreate and their progeny starts the cycle again.  In the plant world it is exactly the same. They are constantly searching for food and a way to protect themselves from becoming food. They procreate and the cycle begins again.

The cycle of the human species is a little more complicated than that. Being sentient adds a whole new layer to the concept of searching. Yes, we start out only looking for sustenance and warmth but as we become aware we start to want. We want the shiny baubles; we want toys and we want to understand. As we grow and gain knowledge we want more.  We need to experience the world we inhabit. We want companionship and focus. We look for jobs to give us a sense of purpose. Or simply jobs that provide us with the means to acquire food and shelter.

We join groups of like-minded people so our search becomes communal.  We try religion, book clubs and social media.   Humans are creatures that crave companionship, mostly. There are those who do their searching internally and are always looking for ways to improve who they are as individuals and by extension the world around them. Perhaps we should all be doing that. But most people are simply looking for the next best thing, best book, best meal, most interesting movie. Our tastes are more simplistic than the philosophers. And that is not a bad thing.

Some say that it is the journey that is important not the destination. And that is true to some extent. But if only the journey was important then you lose the incentive of the destination. Once your objective has been reached, it is at that point you start searching for a new one, a new target, a new goal. And the search begins anew. That is the excitement, the wonder of living.

What are you searching for?

33 thoughts on “Searching

  1. Mark Lanesbury

    In the beginning I thought I had been looking for all of the above. But it wasn’t until I found ‘it’ did it rang true, and only then did I understand what I truly had been looking for ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. Mark Lanesbury

      And what is ‘it’ you say…to those with the sunglasses of fear in their eyes…’it’ means very little. But to those who dared to look through those fears…’it’ is all the treasures of heaven. And ‘it’ lovingly awaits us all ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I’m searching for a world where all who inhabit it, and all those to come throughout the years, coexist in peace and harmony. A world where we lift each other up, not beat down. A world where people are kind, polite, generous with a helping hand, thoughtful and considerate. A world where no one lives in fear of anyone or anything, no one goes hungry, and no one is without adequate shelter. A world where we’re all free to express ourselves verbally, and no one takes offense because no offense was ever intended.

    But then I think about THIS world. We’re a good ways to that goal. If each of us reached out to one person, we could create that world overnight! So here’s my hand reaching out….👊 fist bump for now, 👋 handshake for later.

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  3. K.L. Hale

    Beautiful words, Pam. I don’t think my destination could actually be reached without learning through the journey. I’m not even the same person I was yesterday. I’m not the wisest, but I use my journey to help others along the way. ❤️💛💚 blessing to you friend.

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  4. Dale

    I love this thought-provoking piece, Pam. We are constantly searching and that is what keeps us going. I think the day we stop searching, or learning, is the day we die.

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  5. joylennick

    A great subject to discuss, Pamela. i am sad for those obsessed with searching for too many goodies…While I am as tainted as the next ‘Westernized’ person (to a degree) as I appreciate the artistic and the beautiful, I feel guilty if I own to much… Now I’m older, my tastes are simpler anyway. Some of us can’t stop searching when we already have what we need, but maybe not want we want?! Less greed and more contentment in the world would be welcome..

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