Change And Uncertainty

“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.” ~ Hazel Henderson …

Change is an integral part of life. Without it, there would be no butterfly; there would be no creativity, innovation, or incentive for improvement. Yet many of us choose to resist change, often out of fear of the unknown and the inherent uncertainty in change. But when it comes to uncertainty in life, the truth is, we simply do not know enough to be pessimistic.

We will always face change and uncertainty; our futures should never be scripted, for that script will be altered. Have faith and let life take you where it will. As Mark Batterson once said, “Embrace relational uncertainty. It is called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It is called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. It is called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. It is called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. It is called revelation.”

Look with potential at the change and uncertainty in your life.

Questions to consider:

How do you define being pessimistic? When do you find yourself falling into this definition?

Why do we tend to look on the dark side of things and think the worst of the future and its possibilities?

What do we really know about the future, even an hour from now? How can keeping in mind the normality of uncertainty help us to live our lives more fully?

For further thought:

“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door–or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore


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