Can We See that Uncertainty is Part of Life?
Have we simply forgotten that we always lived in uncertainty and that uncertainty is part of life?
Socrates, many many years ago, observed, “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”
The bigger question is personal and it’s: what is our own relationship with uncertainty? And, how can we embrace it instead of fear it?
You can see uncertainty as terrifying or you can see it as an exciting opportunity to explore. Routines give us a delusion of security, comfort, and predictability.
While you can have a plan, life does not always comply. As legendary English Beatle John Lennon so aptly put it, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
When we’re stuck in a routine, we rarely learn anything new or develop skills, which will make it tough to navigate around roadblocks when they cross our path. How can we see uncertainty as part of life? Do we have the ability to manage how we react and become aware that getting stressed out by challenging situations is not healthy?
Uncertainty Is Part of Life
When things are out of our control, we can either freak out or we can take a deep breath and imagine possibilities.And sure, we can choose to feel into disappointments because they are real. But do we have to live in this state of mind?
Many of us are terrified of uncertainty because we are being bombarded on a daily basis with an expectation that we need to create certainty in order to find happiness. Yet, this shuts down creativity, spontaneity, and flow. The truth is that certainties are all but non-existent in life.
We can’t travel far when we’re surrounded by roadblocks or are deafened by someone else’s voice.
Learning to disconnect from the external pressures of the world can be a daily practice rather than a programmed detox.
What if uncertainty is just part of life?