Pema Chodron wrote a book that is destined to be a classic, "The Wisdom of Certainty."
Are we not more uncertain in uncertain times?
“Our habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is part of our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.”
― Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compass
I have never felt more uncertain in my life, at least not that I can remember. Big questions loom about the direction of the United States. Smaller questions loom for me such as where am I living, am I ready to change my hometown of 25 years. Is it time to move on? What if? How do I?
It has taken me months to determine the where, but still I discover resistance.
I think this time I am going to have to jump and just fly. As Karen, a friend of mine, quoted from writer Kurt Vonnegut, I can "build my wings on the way down."