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  1. SK

    Uncertainty allows us to know what we don’t know and to continue the journey to find out. It allows us a chance to delve deeply into our souls and come up for air and figure out that everything will eventually be ok. The opposite of fear is trust. The opposite of uncertainty is faith.

    3 years ago
  2. Vicki

    I am reading this on May 10th. Before I read this, I had a friend ask me how my adult daughter is doing. She’s having a rough go of it, a lot of uncertainty in her life right now. My reply to my friend was this….”Hopefully, she’ll get things sorted. I think it’s the uncertainty, the not knowing what the future holds. I said sometimes having the trust/faith that things will work out, and letting go of that control can be freeing. You still have to set out a plan to move forward but allowing yourself to believe that things will get better can keep you more in the moment. I opened this up and look what the question is. How amazing is that?

    3 years ago
  3. A
    Archie

    Uncertainty is a gift because it strengthens my faith. Everytime I feel an outcome is highly uncertain, the stronger I believe that God will deliver the best outcome for me.

    3 years ago
  4. Malag

    If life were certain it would be stifling, a bit of a Groundhog Day experience. Where it gets tricky is having a possibly bad outcome hanging over me. I rarely see that type of uncertainty as a gift! 

    3 years ago
  5. Javier Visionquest

    If this uncertainty that I’ve been living with the last five days is a gift then I’d like to exchange it for some assurance that would befit a plan of action.

    3 years ago
  6. O.Christina

    When I read the question I must say that I was thinking: I don´t like uncertainty to be a gift, but probably, it is… it echoes the “not knowing” inside myself in a way, which I am still tempted to fix often enough into “knowing”. To stay open to whatever life may bring I still feel is a challenge, but leaning fully into the question, all of a sudden, it creates a sense of freedom. So this I take as the gift of uncertainty for the moment being. A most beautiful and most precious gift indeed. Thank you dearly for this question.

    3 years ago
  7. sunnypatti48317

    Uncertainty is a gift because it’s a reminder that we are not in control. Uncertainty can surprise us, make us laugh, make us cry, and keeps us wondering what might happen next. Sure, we can take steps to help pave our path, but there’s always that bit of the unknown on where it is really going to lead us.

    3 years ago
  8. s
    sb

    Uncertainty can be really scary but if we embrace it, it allows us to find/experience something different, to give us the possibility of something better than we expect, to take us in a different direction than we might plan but may turn out to be better than we could imagine. Sometimes we need to go with the flow and see where it takes us.

    3 years ago
  9. L
    Lauryn

    In the way that it offers the possibility of something greater than what you expect.

    3 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    It shines a light on on the false idea that somehow I am in control of this unfolding. In fact, it reinforces the importance of the idea of being in flow, that is, carried along with the prevailing energy.

    3 years ago
  11. d
    dcdeb

    I’ve had to dig deep to get an answer for this one. I’m sorry i can’t think of anything. So i guess from my answer that the only gift that i got from pondering and coming up with nothing is honesty.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Sometimes I come up with nothing to questions, too. But the questions still sit with me. Sometimes the asking is more important. Bravo to you for being honest!

      3 years ago
  12. Holly in Ohio

    Sometimes when life is uncertain and unpleasant, or when much change is taking place, I pick the music score. Lol. It helps! We like uncertainty and transitions in movies and books. I find that by placing myself in a movie of sorts helps me to realize this is not the end of the movie… it is the challenge…. and that resolution and a satisfactory ending will come. In some strange way it helps me to endure the uncertainty of the present with less fear, to hear music in my head and perhaps feel that I am the heroine in a story that is unfolding.

    Change and uncertainty is a part of life. I’m not sure I would even feel alive if I knew what would happen tomorrow, a year from now, and which day and how I would die. While I am in this ever-moving river and I’m watching scenery go by on the shore, I am in a place where anything might happen. That can be scary if we look at it that way and only expect crashing against the rocks, but it also could be the source of all dreams come true, all wonderful people we have yet to meet, experiences yet to have or share, love yet to feel, things yet to learn, ways yet to grow, love and nurturing yet to give, understanding yet to have.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Beautiful reflection Holly, thank you.

      3 years ago
  13. Patricia L H

    Uncertainty can open me to curiousity about what is possible

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Patricia L H – that’s lovely

      3 years ago
  14. Debra

    Uncertainty as a gift? It envelopes most of life really yet in moments I seem to fear it and in other moments love it. A sort of “yin and yang” tossing me opportunities and challenges. My recent uncertainty is when and how I will move to a community I want very much to call home. In the best light, I try to allow it to unfold, uncertainties and all. No use trying to swim up river. Let the current of life draw me near.

    3 years ago
  15. Y
    Yram

    I was thinking that the gift of uncertainty gives way to the power of faith and hope.
    Happy Day everyone!

    3 years ago
  16. C
    Cliff

    Uncertainty is the gift that keeps on giving to me and which spices, what otherwise could become a mundane existence. Sometimes the spices of uncertainty are sweet and savory while other times they are hot or bitter. Whatever the taste, they are present. And they usually beckon a choice from me.

    3 years ago
  17. Toni

    I don’t like that word “uncertain” it fills me with fear. I don’t like driving and since I was invited my cousin in law’s house and said yes I can’t back out now. I haven’t been driving much since the pandemic. And that doesn’t matter I just get nervous driving. But since I have a car that was just tuned up and has a great sound system I will sing all the way and get through it. And the vagus nerve vibrating while singing calms me down and changes me from the inside. And fear goes away, and that certainly is a gift! The scriptures say, “there is no fear in love, love cast out all fear. Thank God for that!

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Fear of driving is such a pain, isn’t it? I’m a wussy driver. My car needs me to drive it now, or its battery will die, given how little I drive it during the pandemic. Warm wishes for a happy visit –

      3 years ago
  18. Ed Schulte

    In what ways is uncertainty a gift? I am not sure, interesting question though, so I will ‘apply introspection’ to myself and find out why. After all ‘introspection’ is a “gift” only Self conscious Beings ( aka Humans ) have.

    And a Blessed and Restful “Mother’s Day” to ALL Mothers, past, present and future. Very appropriate that it occurs within the time frame of Pentecost …the celibration of Holy Spirit as well.

    3 years ago
  19. GratefulOne

    You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

    -Thomas Merton

    3 years ago
  20. Carol

    On this Mother’s Day, I am reminded of the words of my mentor who addressed my uncertainty many years ago. He said, “Carol, there is a part of you that has never been afraid. You can always call her forth. Let her tell that bully that lives in your head, to hush the negative self-talk, to sit down and be quiet. Let her pick up your wounded and frightened little girl and tell her that together you can make it.” I can still recall how something deep within me said, “Yes.” I chose to take his words to heart and the imagery he provided helped me to know at my core that psychological fear dwells in the past and the future. It cannot survive in the present moment. It’s a reminder of the metaphorical story of creation in the Book of Genesis that teaches me the importance of non-resistance. That story is evolutionary. It says that the “I AM” creates by “letting.” “Letting is an action not a reaction. I find it opens me, gives me permission to live my questions instead of frantically looking for answers. It reminds me that worrying about the future is futile. What I need is always and only available in the present moment so if I choose to dwell in the past or the future, I go there alone. The part of you and me, that has never been afraid, lives in the present moment. I’m certain of that!

    3 years ago
    1. GratefulOne

      This was a great comment. Thank you!

      3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Wow! Such a good nugget!!!! 😀

      3 years ago
  21. GratefulOne

    I struggle with uncertainty. I really do. But maybe uncertainty encourages us to wait, be patient and value the mystery of life. ??? Maybe? 🙂

    3 years ago
  22. Michele

    The uncertainty of what it’s like of being a Mother is a gift. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms:) Sticking to positive thinking uncertainty can = surprise perhaps.

    3 years ago
  23. EJP

    Uncertainty makes us stronger, more courageous, more open, more “ready” for what might come…what a gift!

    3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    Life, and living through one’s life, is full of uncertainties. In fact, very few things in life are certain. Overcoming uncertainties as they emerge fortifies us for dealing with future uncertainties.

    3 years ago
  25. Antoinette

    Uncertainty is a gift because it leaves open space. We don’t know the outcomes of anything. What do we do with uncertainty?
    Uncertainty often gives rise to all kinds of emotions and thoughts in us.
    What do we do with these emotions and thoughts ? Here is lies the opportunity /space of choice. Do we hold on to these thoughts and or emotions or do let go?
    Uncertainty is a gift for us to practice letting go.

    3 years ago
    1. Antoinette

      After writing this this morning I have to add that coming up with so called “right answers” is one thing but actually being able is another thing. For example, I have a fear of being alone in my house for what could be to me endlessly. When my teenage three boys are at their dads and away at school I think I’m experiencing that thing they call “ empty-nesters syndrome“ or something which of course uncertainty.
      I feel this space here and now so vast that it makes me filled with fear that I am here all alone and this is what death is like. I’m here just me and so now what ?
      So here goes- I’m going to try to be brave and practice letting go of all this fear and anxiety bubbling up. Deep bow to letting go…

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        That is a bravely honest examination. I am also recently experiencing an empty nest. Though yes, we are letting go, or at least transitioning some of our relationships, it is also a time to again pick up and discover our self (which we have set aside for some time) and to find new things to feed our spirits, to have time for friendships, to perhaps foster an animal in need, to perhaps take up a class in history or art, to get civically involved, to join a bicycle club, take a job, or any of a million other things. Choose something new to put into the “empty,” Antoinette. Perhaps reopen an old dream you didn’t have time before to explore. Allow new blessings to come to you. Best wishes, Antoinette.

        3 years ago
        1. Antoinette

          Thank you and yes I’m doing many of the things you listed. Thanks for sharing . May you be at peace.

          3 years ago
      2. Marie Martini

        Thank you for sharing Antoinette. I am also taking a deep bow to letting go. I wanted to share something I just learned recently.

        Write a letter of compassion from your future self to the place in you that is struggling with difficult emotions like hurt, fear, loneliness or shame. We must treat ourselves as we would treat a child, or a dear friend. With true kindness and understanding without judgment.

        As we begin to cultivate more ‘momma bear’ compassion for ourselves, we can feel comforted and safe, even on these more difficult days when there’s a fierce pull towards holding on to our fears.

        We are one… we are connected. You are special and I’m sending healing and mindfulness your way today.

        3 years ago
        1. Antoinette

          Thank you and I appreciate your kindness. We are one and I’m feeling so much better and less fearful today. Emotions and thoughts are like that aren’t they? They arise, stay for some time and desolve depending upon where our minds are they can get bigger if we choose to create a big storyline about them. Best to let go and go with the flow. Peace to you.

          3 years ago
      3. Kevin

        You are not alone here, Antoinette. Good morning!

        3 years ago

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