Uncertainty: A Fact Of Life

Uncertainty: A Fact Of Life

Most of us live to minimize uncertainty, as it seems like a cause of a host of problems like anxiety, frustration, health issues, financial problems and relationship issues.

But uncertainty is not the terrible thing we make it to be, and it is possible to find joy and delight in the feeling of uncertainty.

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Much as we avoid it, uncertainty is a stage of growth and learning. It is uncertainty that gets us into intimate relationships, creativity and anything new in our lives. We discover, play, dance and grow only with uncertainty. The most meaning and joy we have experienced in our lives have always been periods of deep uncertainty.

Being uncertain and moving into the unknown is an adventure that makes life worth living if we allow ourselves to be open to embracing the feeling.

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  1. Notice uncertainty in a task, and the bodily sensation or resistance you feel.
  2. Instead of avoidance, get in a playful mode and commit to being with the uncertainty of the task.
  3. Seek the opportunity and joy that may be in the task. Example: If you find public speaking filled with uncertainty, see how awesome it would be if your speech goes great and you rock on the stage.
  4. Perform a physical activity (dancing, jumping) that takes over your mindset, pushing it into the mode of adventure and delight.

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The Edge Of Uncertainty
  • Most people do not like to be in uncertain situations.
  • Instead of an uncomfortable conversation, we would like to let the bad situation be as it is.
  • Instead of doing something challenging and creative, we would rather be obscure.
  • When things overwhelm us, we would like a simple, quiet way to deal with troubling matters.

We need to come towards the edge of uncertainty, the place we don’t like much, but which is full of growth, learning, creating and inventing. It is here when we toil that we find meaning, intimacy, beauty, love and vulnerability.

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Resisting The Traps Of Structure

Many of us would prefer to have a life filled with freedom and choice, rather than a fixed, imposed or structured routine. The structure feels good but after a while, there is an urge to rebel against it, as it feels like a chain tied to the leg.

The mess that is created when one rebels against a self-created structure is actually crucial for our growth. Whatever we are doing in our lives, managing, leading or creating, cannot be fruitful without structure.

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Simplicity And Our Mental Habits

Simplifying life isn’t about following certain steps but is in the entire mindset of the person. Our mental habits are what creates the initial complexity, which needs to be eventually simplified.

We need to look at the root cause, and it is desire. The tendency of the mind to want more and more (to be happy), and yet want less at the same time (to be at peace). The resulting conflict and polarity are what creates the problem.

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