There is an old riddle about truth I’d like to share with you today. My coach, Ephraim Olschewski, shared it with me, and it’s had a great impact on how I view…everything.
Suppose you are in a large hotel with many rooms, and I ask you to look for a set of keys. You look everywhere. You look in every room, closet, bathroom. You search every drawer and cabinet. You scour the lobby, kitchen and ballrooms. You even inspect the gym and pool. No keys. You literally look everywhere possible to look and find nothing. Question: Is it true that the keys are not there? Take a moment to answer honestly before reading on.
Is it true that the keys are not there?
When I did this with Ephraim, I answered, “Yes, the keys are not there. If I looked absolutely everywhere, every nook and cranny possible, then yes it’s true that the keys are not there.” He replied, “There is only one way to know for certain that the keys are not there. You would have to be able to look in every room of the hotel all at once. Are you able to do that?” In that moment, I saw how limited I was being with truth in every area of my life.
I viewed truth like a quick answer to a fill in the blank question. And there I stopped. That’s where it ended. I had my supply of answers about relationships, God, purpose, good & evil, death, etc., and I stopped exploring what else might actually be possible as well. When Ephraim challenged my limited viewpoint, I really got present to the fact that I’m not omnipresent. Understanding I’m not omnipresent and experiencing I’m not omnipresent are two different things, and experiencing it opened a whole new possibility for truth in my life.
I really got present to the fact that I’m not omnipresent.
I now see truth as a vast ocean. It’s an invitation to always explore with unquenchable curiosity the question, “And what else? And what else? And…what…else?” I do believe in absolute truth, but I say it’s not a place to stop but to start. What most of us call absolute truth is the equivalent to dipping a toe in at the shoreline and proclaiming “I’ve got it! Got my answer. I’ve been in the ocean.” We stop there, satisfied with shallow experience, convincing ourselves that that’s all there is to truth. Seriously, if God is infinite, is it not possible that there are depths of truth we have yet to explore?
What if the only real limit to truth is in my limited view of it? I’m choosing to dive deep and relish the discovery of what else there is in truth; to access all the depth and mystery I could never experience if I remain standing at the shore, pacified with my tidy, safe answers. I want to live how high and deep and wide this truth goes. There is nothing tame here. It’s uncomfortable. And it’s absolutely thrilling.
What if the only real limit to truth is in my limited view of it?
What do YOU do with truth? More importantly, who are you BEING with truth? Imagine if you lived in the question of “And what else?”