Before she was known as the best-selling author of novels such as The Secret Life of Bees and Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd considered herself a seeker, having spent much of her adulthood searching for answers to life’s big questions. This search and spiritual reflection led Kidd to write a series of spiritual memoirs, but after spending decades in the seeker role, the author experienced a shift that pushed her in the other direction.
“Somewhere nearing my 50s, I remember thinking, ‘It’s time to start finding things,'” Kidd tells Oprah during an interview for “Super Soul Sunday.”
Yet Kidd wasn’t able to abandon her quest for answers — nor does she think anyone should. “There’s a hunger in you and I think it’s appropriate to follow that,” she says. “But we should also be finders at the same time.”
Kidd admits that this concept is a great paradox, but believes that even the most fervent seekers should take a break from the search and reside in the present every now and then.
“We have to acknowledge sometimes that this moment is enough, this place is enough, I am enough… and if I never seek another thing, it’s enough,” she tells Oprah. “It grounds us in our own being. It grounds us in home.”