Tuesday, January 24, 2012


     It's fairly miraculous the way we get through things in life; big things, little things, scary things, unexpected happiness. Peering into the unknown future can be bothersome. It's the "unknown" part of it that is disconcerting. We feel sure that if we only knew what was going to happen that we would feel better.
     But maybe we wouldn't. I can think of numerous instances where, if I had known what was coming, I might have opted out. Facts alone can be terrifying. But life is lived much deeper than facts alone. Each experience has levels of meaning and feeling and lessons and blessings. Plus, we can change our life experience at any time by changing our attitude about what's happening. A slight shift in perspective can turn hardship into opportunity. It's all how we look at it.
     No matter how bad things seem, we are never stuck, even if we feel stuck. We can move and shake things up. We can change. We have the power to change ourselves, if not our external world, but often that as well. And we are going to be ok one way or another. We don't have to be afraid of the unknown. We can welcome it with curiosity and excitement. We can get excited about being able to witness our journey as it unfolds.
     The unexpected doesn't have to freak us out. When faced with seemingly insurmountable situations, we can watch and wait and be amazed as everything works itself out the way it always does, and restores to balance yet again. We grow in spurts, and then we settle in. That's the rhythm and the stretch and the dance of life.

I am at peace with the unknown. I welcome the adventure of my future and know that no matter what happens, I'm going to be ok.