“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.”
What title would you give this chapter of your life? This is a question I ask myself frequently. 2019 – pretty much in its entirety – had the title “Growth feels a lot like failure.” I don’t yet have a title for this current chapter of my life other than it has to do with uncertainty. These past few months have been characterized by an unusual amount of uncertainty in my life. As a planner (professionally and personally) and a very Type A personality, uncertainty is not something that I’m especially comfortable with or very skilled at embracing. And yet I’ve made a deliberate attempt over these months to become more comfortable with the uncertainty, to be curious about what it’s teaching me, to be open to the possibilities that it represents.
Maybe you’re feeling similar… whether it is the uncertainties that are coming with the upcoming US elections, or the current coronavirus pandemic, or everyday things like the health of a loved one, or a relationship without a clear future, or a job change. Uncertainty is not an easy thing to navigate, even for those who love and embrace change.
To live in a space of uncertainty, trusting that this has the potential to be one of our most beautiful life chapters, requires a lot of optimism, and a lot of faith. Thankfully they are one in the same. Optimism is faith.
“It is how we embrace the uncertainty in our lives that leads to the greatest transformation of our souls.” Brandon A Prean
I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t always embrace the uncertainty with grace. I become impatient, short tempered, anxious, distracted, compulsive at times about areas of my life where I want to feel more certainty, and overall less of my true essence and who, and how, I want to be. But there is one thing that grounds me more than anything else during these uncertain times – faith.
Faith: Confidence or trust in a person or thing; belief that is not based on proof.
Faith, although most commonly used in a religious sense, can be so many things. Sometimes faith can feel like certainty – a belief in the things we are certain of – and sometimes faith is the belief in things despite all uncertainty. So here are some of the ways I am clinging to, and having faith, as the foundation for my optimism.
Faith that everything is working towards good.
Faith in a higher power. For me, it’s God. For you, it might be something else. But without a doubt I have faith in a higher being.
Faith in the goodness of people.
Faith in myself.
Faith in simplicity.
Faith that the sun will rise tomorrow.
Faith that spring will come.
Faith that curiosity will always help me through.
Faith in the lessons I’ve learned up until this point.
Faith that I always have something more to learn.
Faith that each day I will embrace more of who I am.
Faith in the people I love.
Faith in nature, and the natural progression of things.
Faith that there will always be inspiration and creativity.
Faith that I’ll be ok.
Faith that it will all be ok.
Faith that I am loved.
Faith that love is always the answer.
Click to tweet: Sometimes faith can feel like certainty – a belief in the things we are certain of – and sometimes faith is the belief in things despite all uncertainty.
In times of uncertainty, what is the faith that you cling to? How does faith fuel your optimism? I’d love to know. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or head over to Facebook or Instagram, and drop me a note there.
With love, faith, and optimism,