Today’s news of Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy filing, the hit in the financial markets, the surge of gas prices climbing at least 25 cents overnight from Hurricane Ike has many, for good reasons, afraid and uncertain.
Uncertainty can crop up in anything though: a relationship, finances, job security, or even health crisis’ like finding a lump where none should exist surprise us. Switching careers, buying a home, taking a risk when you’d rather stay put – any of these things will come at us and throw us off balance at any point in our lives. What we do, how we react is up to us.
Uncertainty is part of living. Change is all around us. But happiness, or the search for it, requires an ability to tolerate uncertainty in the midst of chaos. There are ups, there are downs. Living means not being afraid of a skinned knee knowing that chances are they’ll happen when riding a bike. Knowing that you will come out on the other side of it, preparing accordingly, helps you stay grounded and sure of what lies before you.
In the coming days, years in fact, we’ll be seeing more gestures of uncertainty prevailing in the financial markets, global economy and world news. We may hear gloom and doom reports and unfortunately, they may not be inaccurate.
It’s important in uncertainty to not react so quickly. Buy! Sell! Yes! No! Cancer! Really, how can we really know unless we settle down and find the right answer for us? How can we know the right treatment unless we get to the root cause of what ails us or is impacting our present or future?
For now, if it seems too much to bear, calm down. Breathe. Lao Tzu said, “Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”
Uncertainty is uncomfortable, but clarity comes eventually. Don’t knee-jerk responses. Don’t fall under the weight of heavy information. Hang on. If you can tolerate the pain of uncertainty, relief is sure to come. Make a plan. Get clear. Hang in there.
My heart is with you,