Commonplace Book # 4

“If you don’t look, you find.” – When Harry Met Sally. DVD commentary to the film.

How many times have you searched and searched for something, whether it be tangible or merely an idea or solution to a problem that has plagued you? You can bang your head against the wall for hours trying to find it and come up empty. Then once you quit the search, you end up finding the “lost” object, discovering the solution, or coming up with the idea you needed.

This has happened to me countless times. That is why when I heard this piece of wisdom on the commentary to one of the best films ever made; I knew that I needed to add it to my commonplace book.

My Dad once told me, “It’s always the last place you look.” To which I replied, “Of course it’s the last place you look because once you find it you stop looking!” But the truth is, once you stop looking you still seem to continue the search somehow. I can’t explain it.

I think the mystery that is the human brain is something that we may never truly figure out. We love a good mystery and continue to search for the answer to what makes our brains work the way they do.

I think the brain likes a good mystery too and continues the search long after we have moved on to thinking about other things. That is why we often come up with the answer after we have stopped looking.

This quote speaks a truth. I don’t know if every quote in my commonplace book needs a commentary. Some of them speak so much on their own and I might not be doing them justice by commenting on them. What do you think? Should I just post up the quotes and leave the commentary alone?