Living With Uncertainty

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I am the type of person who likes to know the answer to everything.  My favorite columns in the newspaper were Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Strange But True.  I am a self proclaimed expert in the area of obscure and unimportant information.

You can imagine how happy I became when Google Search arrived on the scene.  Now, every time I had a question about anything, I did a google search.  Wow, talk about instant gratification.

I am also a person, probably like all members of the human tribe, who hates living with uncertainty.  I spend a lot of time meditating in order to deal with the ants in the pants feeling I get when I don’t know the answer.  I found meditation to be much more effective than a Ouija Board (one of my favorite games as an adolescent).

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I was wrestling with that feeling of unease this week, and I wished I could just do a google search to get the answer to one of life’s problems.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

How do you deal with uncertainty?  Drop me a line a let me know.

Wishing you a week filled with pleasant certainties,


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

6 Responses

  1. I hate it. I hate uncertainty! I want to know how things will unfold. But, as I approach my 40s, I realize full well that I can’t control anything but this moment. I breathe. I try to breathe deeply and focus on the hear and now in a very yoga-like way, and push away the pesky what-ifs and what-could-have-beens.


  2. Sometimes we just need to throw caution to the wind and let happen whatever is going to happen. I think of some of the wonderful things I would have missed if I hadn’t just put my trust in a situation and see how things would play out.


  3. I took up meditation early last year to cope with uncertainty (related to my daughter’s CAS that was undiagnosed at the time). It really made me calmer and more able to take on what I was facing.


  4. Call me strange, but I’ve always thought that uncertainties brought out the best in me – I think one needs to answer the call of ones true self. You are your own compass.


  5. I just found your blog…yesterday actually, which was my birthday, so who knows if you will see this. But life is like that. I, too, am a get an answer, google until you do person. Lots of thoughts have popped into my head about this post. The first is there is no certainty in the present, only in the past and while the future is rife with possibilities. the present is full of choices: Do this or don’t do it, or do that, or something else entirely. In each moment of the present, we decide which of our choices to turn into a certainty by making it, or living it, or not making it and creating the consequences. Once our decisions are made, actions taken, voila certainty. We do that a hundred times a day in little things. But then how to get there if it’s a bigger question that stops us in our tracks? How is the decision arrived at when we question our choices, unable to make one?

    I have tried lots of answers but the best for me have been prayer and listening for the still, small voice. Sometimes, after I google and get every last piece of data I can find, I use the concordance at the back of my bible. I think of a word associated with my choice, look up a scripture under that word and then pray,and then, meditate. The discipline of that practice over years has gotten me to a place of being able to ‘hear’ when I am silent (that’s the hard part) and finally then certainty comes into my spirit, creeping in on cats paws, and peace and certainty make choice possible.



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