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A conversation is recounted in the book # Shantaram  in which the character, Khaderbhai, says: “There is no such thing as believing in #G...

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES IN THE "I DON'T KNOW" SPACE

Our fear is built around the future.  We fear what lies ahead, what might happen, what we tell ourselves will go wrong.  Although we can never be sure of how things will pan out in the future, often our default position is to expect the worst and live in fear of what we think will be the outcome.  Although our thoughts and expectations of the future are all based on expectation and speculation, and therefore may or may not happen, our minds somehow make them true.

The real truth, however, is that 99% of the future is a "don't know".  We often make educated guesses about what might happen in the future, based on past experience, but the reality is that if the future is yet to happen, any number of outcomes remain possible.

Next time you are in an anxious or fearful space about what might or might not happen, remember that the fear is generated because your mind has it that the feared scenario WILL or WILL NOT actually happen.  If you can open your mind to a space where you can simply say: "I don't know what will or will not happen", suddenly a world of possibility opens up.  In "I don't know", anything can happen, some good and some bad.  However, in that space lies the opportunity for exploring, creating and changing possible future incomes.  

When my heart went into fibrillation earlier this year, my mind kept reminding me that my father died of a heart attack whilst riding his bicycle.  It was hard to ignore my mind saying: "So guess what's going to happen to you..."   I have since recovered, but every now and then when I am out riding and pushing my personal envelope, my mind boots up with the same refrain.  When that happens, all I have to do is remind myself that I'm not my father, I have no idea of how or when my journey will end and, as long as I am on it, I intend to explore the path I walk fully and intimately.

Try not insisting that you know what Life has planned for you.  You don't know, so rather just enjoy the ride in the space of not knowing.

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