I love it when I come across a phrase or saying that says more than the handful of words it is made up of. I recently heard someone say that plenty sits still, hunger is a wanderer, a handful of words that speak to me.
History tells us this phrase is true, cultures are built on the availability of resources, in my culture we sit still in cities, plenty makes us flatulent and obese, unable to wander even if we wanted to. Our minds have ceased wandering along with our bodies, there are plenty of mass media corporations to provide plenty of opinions, we don't need to go in search of our own.
In my business I see those who are earning plenty sit still, write the same story again and again, repeat the same performance. Folks who started out hungry for the new retreat to the old when a formula works for them. The question how to remain emotionally and intellectually hungry?
I wonder if the reverse is true, if hunger is a wanderer perhaps wandering makes us hungry? The traveller often finds himself arriving late, after everything is closed, skips a meal, goes in search of a truly satisfying breakfast the next morning. In the comfort of home missing dinner seems an impossible concept. The wanderer is forced to witness, feel, experience the new every day, the more he sees the hungrier he is for more. Intellectual and emotional wandering are no different. Searching for the new often means going without the security of the old. Old beliefs are easy, comforting, being hungry for the new can be a hard road.
History also shows us that cultures that sit still eventually rot then die. They rot first, an unnatural state of affairs. Cultures that maintain a healthy appetite for change thrive. Cultures are nothing more than a group of individuals, we choose to sit still or wander. A little wandering, physically, emotionally, intellectually, might drive us towards a healthy hunger for more.
Sitting still and enjoying plenty is a wonderful thing to do, but not the only thing.