The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with. ~Tony Robbins
A few weeks ago I listened in on Mastin Kipp’s Why You Were Born series. I was taken with his talks of uncertainty. We live for a comfort zone. We live in a comfort zone. We crave safety and security. So much so that we’re petrified of change and risk. Our days are predictable. This is ridiculous because we live in a world which is constantly evolving. We ourselves are constantly changing. Why fight the inevitable? Why settle for a predictable life? Why settle for a life purely focused on safety?
What are we afraid of? ‘I know’ is a common phrase. We like to proclaim so often what we do know (which is not the same as acting on what we ‘know’ so much about. Everyone knows how to lose weight, that doesn’t mean that the numbers on the scale changes or the food that they shove in their mouths). We are afraid of what we don’t know. We judge and criticize people who are different from us. People we can’t define. Yet we do it anyway, we try to box them. We attack the unknown. We fight it. We fight change. We fight uncertainty. We plan and schedule our lives to be great, but do ever truly reach it with this approach?
We don’t know how life is going to turn out. We can set intentions. We can reach towards dreams. We can make strides, but really we do not know. Life happens sometimes. Do we let it? Do we embrace this uncertainty? Or do we fight it with a scheduled, structured life, that does not face uncertainty? The risk. Following your path. Being true to yourself. Trusting the universe. Love of flying. These make life rich. Uncertainty makes life richer.
I just started a new job. I’ll admit some days, I thought why did the Universe put me in a hospital? Hospitals are like high school. I let my thoughts get caught up in the bullshit. Then I stepped away and thought, “you’re right, the universe put you here for a reason, but you don’t have to figure that out right now.” Stop making assumptions. Stop anticipating. Embrace this experience. Embrace this moment. Let this patient in front of you be important. Stop questioning. Stop trying to figure life out. You don’t need to know all the answers. You don’t have to know what’s coming. You need to be. Be right here in this moment.
When your gut kicks in. When intuition strikes, take it. Take that risk. Dive into uncertainty. Because life will happen, no matter what. Even if you don’t want change. Even if you want safety. Even if you want to stay in your comfort zone, this will be tested. How do you deal? I’ve dealt in the past with uncertainty with food. Now I crave it. I crave change. I love the opportunity to do something new. To meet someone new. Me and uncertainty are tight, but if I start to struggle, I write it out. I go for a walk. I let nature clear my mind. Uncertainty is a part of life. CRACK THE COMFORT ZONE. Take risks to live the life of your dreams. Embrace that you do not always know.
Last week I watched the Power of Myth. Today when I was looking for my notes on uncertainty, this was written in from the movie:
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To live your true path on a hero’s journey you’re going to be scared, excited, uncertain and alive.
Enjoy the journey of a hero.