The Blessings of Uncertainty


Over the past few months, I’ve been living with some obvious uncertainties in my life (I suppose we always live with uncertainties, but these are very apparent ones). Since April, I’ve been going through transitions when it comes to my work (and thus my income) and my living situation. Whew! It’s not like everything is in complete upheaval, but I’m really being pushed out of my comfort zone these days, and it’s scary and exciting and full of questions – all at the same time.

Here are some things I’ve been learning along the way. Perhaps they will meet you in a space where you need them, as well:

The blessings of uncertainty
There are a few parts of my life that I sometimes wish I could make certain. I know people who tell me they experience certainty around decisions, but I am becoming more appreciative of uncertainty in my life. To take risks, to live a courageous life, sometimes we must get comfortable with a bit of uncertainty. For me, this means taking deep breaths, trusting myself, and stepping forward.

Live with the questions. Rest with the questions. Listen for intuition.
In considering uncertainty, I’ve been struck with the notion that I don’t have to have the answers immediately.  Often, I am able make decisions fairly quickly in my life, but some of the situations I’m dealing with recently haven’t felt like there are immediate answers or solutions. Sometimes, we must learn to live with the questions. I’ve been resting, meditating, praying, and walking in the woods. I’ve been listening for intuition, which hasn’t been immediately apparent, but every so often I get a gentle nudge, which I am following.

Gratitude for the obstacles & the pursuit
I recently read a quote about obstacles by Fr. Alfred D’Souza.  He wrote:

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

D’Souza’s quote reminded me that part of living our life is experiencing and addressing the challenges. I’m remembering to not wait to live my life fully – until some magical day when I have all the clarity and financial security in the world – but to practice gratitude for the obstacles, challenges, and the pursuit of my goals. Life is in the learning.

Not all of this is easy…in fact, some of it feels tough! I decided to share about some of my vulnerabilities, in the hopes that we can know we are not alone. Know we are held and loved by a community, even if we cannot see them everyday. And know we will make it through questions, obstacles, and uncertainties as they arise in our lives.

With love,


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