The Zen of Uncertainty
The Zen of Uncertainty is powerful.
Uncertainty most will say, is the most unpleasant feeling one can experience. As humans we like to have security — whether it involve the security of shelter, something to eat, a companion or a job. In this post pandemic world nothing is certain. Truths we held true not too long ago no longer apply. I wrote about it Here during the pandemic.
Although I thought things would settle by now — three years later — it seems everything is still, well … uncertain.
The only certainty is uncertainty … or something like that
Here are 7 things I have been doing to embrace all the uncertainty surrounding the markets, public health, the future or planet and the fate of humanity.
- Enjoying the company of great friends
There’s really nothing you can do besides embrace the unknown.
Nothing will make the uncertainty go away but here are 6 things you can do to cope with the uncertainty… of course I wouldn’t leave you hanging!
- Accept that uncertainty is a normal part of life. It’s ok to not have all the answers and just sit with the feeling.
- Practice mindfulness and focus on being in the present moment. Living in the now is a powerful feeling that can calm anxiety and other feelings of despair.
- Reframe your thinking about uncertainty. Try to see it as an opportunity for growth and exploration.
- Develop a sense of trust. Believe that everything will work out in the end and that you have the strength and resilience to face any difficulty that comes your way.
- Connect with your support system. Lean on family, friends, and other trusted colleagues to get through the unknown.
- 6. Take action. Even if you don’t have all the answers, take small steps to move forward. This can help to reduce the fear of the unknown. If you lost a job – get back on the hunt for a new one. If you’re health has spiraled take steps to get healthy.