Leave The Door To The Unknown Ajar

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” ~ R.I. Fitzhenry … 

If I wish to live my life more fully–to be more productive and give back positively–then I certainly could use more sparks of creativity and less boredom. And these sparks of creativity are most often created by uncertainty and the unknown, through discernment, exploration, and discovery. That is why the mysteries of life are such powerful energies for us. As a matter of fact, some of the most dynamic people I have met have been individuals who embrace uncertainty–who are willing to pursue the unknown, to swim against the waves of doubt and uncertainty, and put themselves into situations in which they have no idea of the outcomes.

Most of us fear uncertainty–we want to have some measure of security, control, and comfort in our lives. But if we always do the same old thing simply for the sake of knowing the outcomes, our lives will eventually give way to boredom and we will come to find ourselves feeling unfulfilled, discontent, and wanting. And because we are not living life in its entirety–only doing things in which we already know the outcomes–we will never truly experience things such as creativity, spontaneity, and risk. In addition, it is not even certain that we can be in control of any given outcome anyway–we may take the same routes to and from work each day, bet we can not guarantee that they will be safe, or be efficient and timely.

So much of our lives are filled with uncertainty–jobs, vocations, relationships, places we live, investments, even the results of actions such as the sharing of our thoughts and emotions. Yet this is the substance of life, it is what life is all about–growth and change. Just like trees during the seasons of the year, sometimes life gives us signs that it wants us to move on to something new, to let our leaves fall away to the ground as we prepare for the next chapter of life.

Learning and growth come from taking the unknown paths. So what if we do not know what lies down them, we owe it to ourselves to challenge ourselves to become the best version of ourselves possible. That means listening to the spark of creativity found in mystery and uncertainty. After all, the mysteries of life give us a vitality that doing the same things repeatedly cannot give to us; they are necessary catalysts and inspirational elements of life that drive our lives towards purpose and meaning. And if things do ever become difficult, we can always come up with new ways to deal with the problems and the issues. And if we are to make the most of these lives that we have been given, then it is up to us to search them out and take them on.

Allow for some spontaneity today, perhaps a change of plans.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the elements of mystery and uncertainty that cause us to be intimidated by them?

What kinds of signs show us clearly that it might be time for us to take on uncertainty head-on?

What are some of the attractive thoughts that keep us from heading into uncertain situations?

For further thought:

“I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain. . . . In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.” ~ Richard P. Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out


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