The past few months have been so different from anything we’ve ever encountered. There’s so much uncertainty about our future, and how things will turn out. We have never had to go through anything vaguely resembling what is going on now.
We feel fear, and we worry because we can’t know, predict what the future will hold for us. This is what is called UNCERTAINTY.
But what is more disturbing is our inability to control or predict what the future will bring.
Our inability to control what’s going on around us evokes an array of other emotions, which are bobbing up and down, disturbing us like never before.
It’s so unnerving — this feeling of constant change.
We are not used to it. We don’t like it. We want to get rid of it.
Change makes us uneasy, fearful that we may lose control. It’s this fear of losing control that unsettles us.
We like stability and predictability. We want to know what is going to happen, day in and out.
But what are you willing to pay for this habitual life?
What are you prepared to sacrifice for the comfort of predictability?
Carl Rogers’ quote might give you perspective on known versus unknown:
“I realize that, if I were stable, prudent, and static, I would live in death. Therefore, I accept confusion, uncertainty, fear, and emotional ups and downs. Because that is the price, I am willing to pay for a fluid, perplexing, and exciting life.” — Carl Rogers (the most renowned psychotherapist of the 20th century).
So, we have two options: one is to embrace uncertainty and live the life of discovery and excitement. The alternative, as Carl Rogers said, is ‘…TO LIVE IN DEATH’. The choice is yours.
If you want to live an exciting and interesting life, you need to embrace uncertainty.
You have a choice.
I know what I choose. And YOU?
On the other hand, there are some things that you ARE in control of. More about that next time.
With all my love ❤️
P.S. Please let me know your thoughts and experiences on coping with uncertainty. I’d love to hear from you.