Jonathan Hood
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I think a lot of people go through life a little lost.

They wander aimlessly, living out their days comfortably. They hide the things that make them unique from others. They seek out the things that make them fit in with others.

When I was a kid, one of my favourite games to play was hide-and-seek. My younger sister and I would play everywhere. Department stores. The mall. Grocery stores. Our house.

Everyone knows the rules of hide-and-seek: close your eyes, count to 10, while the other person attempts to hide.

I say "attempts" because after awhile, everyone is found.

My sister would sometimes hide in the dryer or would try to squeeze into the fridge. I would walk around looking for clues and think, “where would I hide if I was her?"

If we hid outside, I was looking for footprints. If we were inside, I would look through every crease or crevice I could find. I’d search for a shoelace dangling out. Anything to bring me closer to my goal.

As the years went by and we eventually stopped playing, I realized something about childhood games; they prep and show us who we will be in the future.

I realized from an early age that I hated losing. When it came to hide-and-seek, I went after everyone until I found them. 

I didn't realize it, but I wasn't just looking for a win. I was looking for everything that came with it. Determination. Commitment. Focus. Desire. I wanted to know what could happen if I never surrendered or gave up on finding what I wanted.

I had a goal and nothing was going to stop me from getting it.

Isn’t that the same thing that happens to us today? We go day after day in search of something. It might be something big that we’re looking for. It might be something small-scale. Either way, while we search for the things that we believe will bring us meaning, we soon discover that there are mini “findings” along the way.

We look for the clues. We look for different things to bring us closer and closer to what we’re seeking. But this can only happen when we seek with our whole heart.

Life is a game of hide-and-seek. Whatever it is you want out there is just hidden and waiting to be uncovered. You may not be able to physically see it, but you can sense it. It exists when you envision it in your mind. You know it's there. 

Today, I want to encourage you to keep on going. Persist until you succeed and seek until you find. Only then will you be able to uncover the bits in pieces inside of you waiting to be found. 


- JH

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