Dealing with uncertainty

“A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure. It’s also what makes us afraid.”

From Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

Every day is new, and, yet, rather than greet it with open arms, we shun change.

Perhaps it is that we have been brainwashed by the system, or have let our fire go out. But we shouldn’t accept anything as pre-ordained.

We all possess amazing talents, and it is incumbent on us to realise our genius. Unfortunately, too many people squander the opportunity.

If life is to mean anything, don’t live inside your head (“I wish”). Break asunder your self-limiting habits. Start by doing one thing every day that is different to the day before. It could be as simple as walking a few flights of stairs rather than taking the lift. Or trying a new food. Or taking the time to stop, breath and to be aware of what is really going on around you. Small steps normally lead to making the leap to something that could really change your life.

Nothing is certain, save of course death. However, the period before then shouldn’t be thought of as anything other than a great adventure.

Embrace uncertainty, rather than fighting with it every day.