Amy Rees Anderson

Embrace Uncertainty

Security is something we all long for.  Security in our job.  Security in our financial state.  Security in our relationships.  We look for security in certainty – in knowing what to expect each day, in knowing what our tomorrow will look like, in knowing what future we are securing for ourselves.

But if you really stop and think about it, there is really no such thing as security in “knowing” because reality is that everything in our lives is uncertain.  And the more we try to seek security in the certain, the more insecure we will find ourselves, because life just isn’t.  So how then can we feel secure?

In Deepak Chopra’s book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success he states:

“The search for security is an illusion. In ancient wisdom traditions, the solution to this whole dilemma lies in the wisdom of insecurity, or the wisdom of uncertainty. This means that the search for security and certainty is actually an attachment to the known. And what.s the known? The known is our past. The known is nothing other than the prison of past conditioning.  There’s no evolution in that . absolutely none at all. And when there is no evolution, there is stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay.

Uncertainty, on the other hand, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. Uncertainty means stepping into the unknown in every moment of our existence. The unknown is the field of all possibilities, ever fresh, ever new, always open to the creation ot new manifestations.  Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories. You become the victim of the past, and your tormentor today is your self left over from yesterday.

Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities. In your willingness to step into the unknown, you will have the wisdom of uncertainty factored in. This means that in every moment of your life, you will have excitement, adventure, mystery. You will experience the fun of life, the magic, the celebration, the exhilaration, and the exultation of your own spirit.”

 When I first read Deepak’s book that particular section really got to me. I had always been a person searching for security, and that passage made me realize that I needed to find my security by getting comfortable with the notion of uncertainty.  I needed to embrace the uncertainty of life as a gift rather than something to fear.  And I needed to rely on faith that I could get through whatever uncertainties lied in store for me in the future.

I came across a great poem that serves as a reminder of this principle: 

So Come, Tomorrow

Security is not in knowing

what will come

nor if it will be

bad or good.

It is a faith drawn taut

with having learned

and seen and done

that says, Tomorrow, come.

                                                         -Emma Lou Thayne

Have a great day everyone! And embrace uncertainty!



  • BJ Minson says:

    Great Post. I really like the idea of embracing uncertainty and finding opportunities and possibilities. I’m going to have to read the seven spiritual laws of success.

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