Finding Beauty in Uncertainty

As humans, I think we were created with an internal desire to want to KNOW everything. We plan our entire lives, sometimes never taking into account that it might not play out exactly like the fairytale our mind constructed. Personally, I have always been the type of person to carefully calculate every move that I make, simply because I like to KNOW. The unknown can be a scary thing, hence the reason we try to avoid it at all costs.

But what about when you reach the point where uncertainty is all you know? When you can no longer run from the unknown because your future is clouded by uncertainties. Maybe you know where you would like to be and have even taken the steps to get there, but have no clue how long it will take you to get there-or if you’ll even get there at all for that matter. Take for instance, a recent college graduate with no job prospects. Or someone whose lifelong dream fell through.  If you’re anything like me, the same girl who makes detailed daily to-do lists and whose favorite word is “routine,” this could be a tough pill to swallow.

Being a prisoner to the fear of the unknown was a sad reality for me until I received advice that freed me from my fear of uncertainty and has caused me to live a more fulfilled, enjoyable life. The charismatic Christian author and speaker, Joyce Meyer, once said “Enjoy where you are on the way to where you’re going.” What a great way to bask in the beauty of the present moment! As long as we have a clear idea of where we would like to be and are taking the steps to get there, we can enjoy our current journey despite not knowing when our destination will be reached. Besides, every time we use the present to worry about the future, we miss out on the beauty and joy of today that we might not have tomorrow; and when looking back at the most fulfilling parts of our lives, we will come to realize that most of them took us completely by surprise. The unknown might provide some unwanted stress, but it also makes way for adventure and excitement. Life’s uncertainties should push you to focus on what you have NOW rather than to be preoccupied with what might be. Take time to develop spiritually. Read inspirational books. Travel. Be selfless. Accept the fact that you don’t have all the answers, and find the beauty in uncertainty.