One of the things that terrifies us the most is uncertainty.
It keeps us in jobs we hate, in relationships that are unfulfilling, in a day to day routine that is mindless and stifling.
We hate it, and yet we feel comfortable with predictability. Knowing what will happen with a degree of certainty. Even though we feel uncreative and shackled.
But when you think about it, nothing is certain.
Nothing is predictable.
Our whole world can change on a dime.
In a moment.
Why are we so scared of uncertainty?
Because implicit in uncertainty is the possibility of change. And whilst a lot of us want change, when it really comes down to it, we only want change within certain parameters.
We want to change our lifestyle, but only if it doesn’t eat into our savings.
We want to leave a loveless relationship, but only if we can find a better one.
We want to do something that will better the world, but only if there’s not too great a personal cost.
We want to change our lives, but only if it’s not too disruptive.
Jennifer and I live intuitively.
We always have.
We met intuitively, we married intuitively, we make all our decisions – big and small – intuitively. If it feels right, we do it. And we don’t even think about it.
Because with thinking comes the wrecking ball of intuition – logic and common sense.
And then comes timidity.
And after that, fear.
We stay the same. We don’t change anything.
My wife and I don’t do logic and common sense.
Each day we take a running leap at life – we hurl ourselves off the edge of a cliff and we freefall, knowing that we’ll land safely.
And we do.
We embrace uncertainty.
We relish it.
It’s what gets us out of bed each day.
Because within the realm of uncertainty lives a myriad of possibilities.
And that’s where the best stories are told, within that realm.
Nothing great comes from certainty.
On Saturday we’ll be in Dubai. The next day we’ll be in Italy, on the Via di Francesco – the Way of St. Francis. Two weeks later we’ll be in Istanbul, a week later in Konya in Central Turkey, hanging out with the Whirling Dervishes and the Sufis – all for the film I’m making on intuition.
I love living intuitively.