Monthly Archives: September 2017

Living With Uncertainty

We can’t predict the future, try as we might.  We can certainly prepare for it, but there is no guarantee that things will work out exactly as planned.

For some, the path ahead is dark and scary; they hesitate to start and fear what could happen.  For others, it is a continually unfolding adventure; they are eager to see what happens next.

In either case, the element of uncertainty exists.  We can fear it, or embrace it.

Keep in mind that anything is possible.  Any outcome can materialize.  And know that there will be an outcome in one form or another.  That’s for sure.  It may be what you expected all along, or it may be something different altogether.  You. Just. Never. Know.  That’s the blessing (or curse, depending on your attitude) of mystery.

If the outcome doesn’t work out as intended, then learn from it.  Look for the lesson because there is one lurking in the mess.   Tell yourself, “Well, that didn’t work out.  Let’s try another way.”  Don’t judge it as “good” or “bad.”  Ask how you can turn it around to your advantage.

If the outcome works out as expected, or even better than expected, offer your gratitude, and stay humble as you prepare for the next phase of your journey.

Living with uncertainty can evoke many emotions, but it is not meant to discourage us.  It will push us to the edge of our comfort zone, and the only way we are going to find out what happens is to take action.

Live Inside Out

What others think of you is not important.  Whether they are messages of praise or of disfavor, such words do not define you. It’s crucial to remain independent of the opinions of other people.

Seeking the favor of others is degrading.  Once you seek favor, you fight to remain in favor.  And once you fall into disfavor, you’re broken.  This is what happens when we chase the external, those illusions (perceptions) crafted by others of what should or should not be.

When we make others’ assessments–whether good or bad–more important than our own, we enslave ourselves to their ideals, not ours.  What does this mean for you? It means that someone else’s opinion is directing your life.  When you find yourself in disfavor, you push harder to prove others wrong, hoping to change their minds, not realizing that you’re still being directed by forces outside of yourself.  It’s a vicious cycle of slavery.

Your worldly self IS NOT your true identity. We each have a basic nature that is uniquely ours.  When we trust that basic nature (our Inner Guidance System, Intuition, Higher Self, God/Goddess, etc.), we remain true to ourselves.  Will this be without challenges?  Of course not.  But when we remain centered in who we are, we can face those challenges head-on with confidence.

Trust your Inner Nature.  Honor it with an independent mind.  Respect your vision for yourself. Work at living one day at a time in harmony with your own nature, and the struggle to engage life as if it depended on external approval will loosen the shackles.