If we can’t live with not knowing more

There is no use begrudging the world for not revealing everything to us according to our precious little timetable. 

All we can do is forgive reality for being what it is. 

One of the key ways we do so is by replacing obsessive thinking with healthier responses. Actions that are life giving. 

Cameron reveals in her book about prosperous hearts that wherever there is ambiguity or uncertainty, there is room for obsession. And so, part of our work is getting our psychological train back on the right track. 

Here are a few examples that have been helpful for me:

Instead of obsessing over the things we can’t control, we commit to live joyfully with what we can know right now. 

Instead of freezing in the face of our ambiguous future, we abandon the futile quest for certainty and embrace the essential endarkenment of the human condition. 

Instead of relying on reassurance to keep our head above water, we move forward without perfect and complete information. 

Instead of obsessing over the one divine clue that will bring us certitude, we think of one small positive action we could take on our behalf. 

Point being, when we forgive the world for being what it is, that is a gift we give ourselves. One that soothes our obsessive tendencies. 

We liberate our bodies from the captivity into which we have fallen and learn to live with not knowing more. 


What if certainty about the future was a sign of mental illness? 

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Scott Ginsberg

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