Eighteen years ago — in the aftermath of his divorce — Miggs Burroughs talked to a therapist.
Miggs had typical questions: “What if I never meet anyone else?” “What if I keep feeling this way?” “What if…”
The therapist encouraged Miggs to write his fears down, and turn them over in his mind.
Now — nearly 2 decades later — Miggs has turned them into a book.
The What If? Book of Questions has just been published. It’s a quick and simple read — but it’s hardly quick and simple. It’s a thought-provoking, inspirational work that gets you thinking in random, odd ways. About things you’ve thought of often, and things you never imagined would enter your brain.
Miggs starts by asking: What if the most important moment in your life is this one? Can you handle the power it gives you to choose how you will spend the next one?
Then: What if choosing to read this page at this moment is also a choice not to stand on your head, go to France or do a million other things? How many choices does a person need?
And: What if you found out that the person who wrote these questions is an ugly disagreeable creature? Will your answers change?
Though Miggs is a fulltime graphic artist and photographer — he’s Westport’s go-to guy for designing company and non-profit logos, t-shirts, even the town flag — he did not illustrate this book. It’s all clip art.
But Miggs can’t keep his creative, graphic mind off the pages. One page is completely black. Miggs asks: What if you come across a dark empty page in your life? Can you find all the possibilities hiding there?
The book lay dormant for many years after it was written. Early this summer, Miggs teamed up with David Wilk, a digital publisher.
Now — after nearly 2 decades — What If? is available, in hard copy and e-book form.
What if Miggs had never gotten divorced? What if he hadn’t written down all those questions with his therapist? What if Jeff Bezos never started Amazon, or the Kindle had flopped, or…