…of uncertainty, certainly & so…


“Summer school uncertainty in BC leaves millions of dollars in limbo”…”Supreme Court grants First Nation’s land claim, casting shadow over Northern Gateway & other projects”…”Grocer Sobeys set to close recently acquired underperforming Safeway stores”…

Combine those three headlines with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the nation’s beloved CBC saying their vision by 2020 sees the company with 1500 less employees and the keyword for the day certainly does seem to be UNCERTAINTY.

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever. – N. Kerrigan

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. – T. Rubin

As we know there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know. – D. Rumsfeld

Too often, uncertainty can send us into a type of paralysis mode. While our compass spins as to what’s next, we freeze, we withdraw, we can feel numb, and the angst of the situation can be extremely disconcerting.

We’ve all heard the cliches—bury your head in the sand, get a grip, it will all work out, tomorrow is another day.

Not very helpful.

In some ways it may sound oversimplistic, but in my own times of uncertainty on life’s pathways, I’ve learned that trying to focus on what we DO KNOW can be a helpful anchor. A place to springboard from.

How often do we hear people say in such situations “pray for me”? Or perhaps even find ourselves thinking “God, Creator, Supreme being, or forces of nature or whatever it is we may believe, “please help me?”

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve ALL been there.

Age and experience have taught me, in it all, never retreat, never withdraw, never isolate yourself.
Now that’s not an easy concept in our never say never world!

As troubling as it sometimes may seem, when we reach out to others there can so amazingly and beyond imagination be those eureka moments of “was blind, but now I see!”

Our world is full of grace.
You’ve already seen it wherever you are in life.
Already both given it to and received it from others in your midst.
That’s just a fact of life!
Life’s like that!

Where there is hatred – love
Where there is injury – pardon
Where there is doubt – faith
Where there is darkness – light
Where there is sadness – joy

These are things that can be.
These we DO KNOW.

Cheers to today & YES to tomorrows can make certainly our song!

…and as the buzzword of our times at the moment seems to be, (have you noticed?) when asked a question or starting a thought…

May it be so.


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