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it helps your try new things even if you won’t succeed you still try something new which could lead you to find something else that you are good at or that you like doing.
It offers freedom and to be.
Some things are certain – physical death and taxes. Everything else is pretty much up in the air. I think having free volition to choose and volitional responsibility is a wonderful gift.
Tonight my church offered the sacrament of “Annoiting of the sick” after mass. I learned recently about this. I always thought it was last rites for someone dying but it also gives comfort & peace for someone undergoing a difficult situation or illness. I am comforting now after this of my current “uncertainty”. To me this was a gift.
Uncertainty leads us to question with curiously. It opens our minds and allows us to see that there may be new perspectives. It encourages us to seek and to yearn for truth, for wisdom, and for our God who is unknowable to us. If we think we know everything, then our minds are closed, and the life force of seeking is stifled. We become more humble, which helps us to surrender and draw upon God for our strength. We realize we can not control everything because we don’t know everything.
I don’t think I view uncertainty as a gift, however uncertainty is pretty much what I’ve got a lot of these days. I am trying to surrender to it, embrace it, face it & not hide from it. Quite honestly this is very challenging & at times heartbreaking. Staying in the present & praying for Divine Guidance are my tools. Nothing is permanent & practicing detachment seems to be the way to go.
When I remember that uncertainty is a gift, I unclench my mind which is in overdrive trying to find the “right” way forward. For me uncertainty is when there are too many voices trying to tell me what to do. I try to create the space to hear my voice. The best thing I can do is to is to allow my subconscious and heart time to ponder. Almost always, the insight of certainty comes when I am walking in the woods, out for a run or as I emerge from sleep.
As it relates to gratitude, uncertainty
can be the gift of surprise. It’s also
a chance to practice non attachment
and letting go of the illusion of
This is, and has been, an issue for me.
As a lover of the random connection
and the chance encounter, I try to be
open to uncertainty. Uncertainty
about finances, housing, and other
concerns, has also caused me much
anxiety and stress.
All we have for certain is right now. The next moment inevitably has some uncertainty. That means the next moment is a gift.
Uncertainty can give rise to the desire and fears/anxiety/panic of meeting or not meeting survival needs like storing for the future, at its best for going with hope and excitation into the unknown and at it’s worst wars and profiteering and hording and more ills.
How we use the tool determines it a blessing or curse.
For me, it’s more learning how to live with and accept uncertainty. Not so much seeking it, but embracing it.
I am not certain whether I will be working next year. I am not certain about my health. I am not certain about how long I will be living here in my lovely apartment which provides me with nurturance after a long day’s work. I am not sure whether my brother-in-low will recover from his recent serious health issues….
Life is full of uncertainty. All the time. It keeps me grounded and humble. But it’s also what makes life interesting and sometimes exciting!
I think of a quote from Jack Kornfield’s book, “A Path with Heart.” What do we know for sure, anyway? My answer is always that I am here NOW. NOW is always the gift. It’s the precious present.
Isn’t everything uncertain?
A happy surprise. Look for one today.
If we’re looking for something happy or surprising we’re more likely to see something that fits that description. The best kind of self-fulfilling prophecy!
When I am unsure how to proceed in a situation, uncertainty feels anything but a gift. It makes me feel inert and boxed in.
The unknown (a better word for today’s question, I think) can also make me feel that way but I have learned to understand that unknown doesn’t automatically mean the worst. The unknown holds all kinds of possibilities. Sometimes it can be exciting not to know and watch as unknown slowly unfurls into known in a way I could not imagine.
“as unknown slowly unfurls into known”–what a lovely phrase.
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