Whilst none of us can know what lies around the next corner, it’s important we see this as a force to inspire and motivate us to make the most of every single moment. If we don’t, we can end up living in fear and becoming entombed behind self-imposed prison walls as we wait for the ‘right time’ to live. Uncertainty is a fact of life; no matter how much we’d like certainty and guarantees, we cannot have it. The world simply isn’t made that way. We have two choices as to how we come to terms with the impermanence of a shifting world, either to wriggle, wrestle and fight against the inevitable or to gracefully accept it. Now, graceful acceptance isn’t the same as giving up; it’s a courageous and wise willingness to be conscious and aware of the bigger picture of life and the constant ebb and flow of change.
Fear and uncertainty aren’t easy to live with as it’s hard to lovingly accommodate them into our daily lives. Yet, to deny or resist them doesn’t make them disperse, so when we gently turn towards them, we can begin to find a deeper sense of balance in our lives. Of course, we can’t ease all of our pain and suffering in life, and we certainly can’t numb ourselves to what may, or may not, happen ahead as to live wholeheartedly is to live openheartedly which means we open up to experiencing life more, the good with the bad. If we try to numb ourselves, how can we truly live as we become closed to the rich spectrum of life? We can try to anaesthetize ourselves by building brick walls between ourselves and the world, but this just leaves us feeling isolated and disconnected, rather than safe, comfortable and joyful.
Perhaps the biggest lesson we are each facing at the moment comes from a growing realization that we are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient than we’ve ever given ourselves credit for. It’s undeniably hard when we feel broken and alone, disconnected or full of feelings of injustice or anger, and we can struggle to see beyond this, but it’s important we each know that we are not alone. When we gaze up at the stars in the sky above, we can feel connected. Similarly, when we take a big deep breath and re-centre, we can feel a deeper sense of connectedness. Although like-minded souls may not walk physically at our sides, we are all connected by unity of vision and spirit.