The only thing you can be certain of is uncertainty
On my website I have shared many concepts on topics like growth, innovation, renewal, death etc. Just type in some of those keywords and you will find some interesting material hopefully. Off course, the reason why I have written so much about it, is because I am highly interested in the topics myself!
‘Growth’ remains a funny and interesting thing to observe, because it is so fundamental and it speaks to all of us. The universe is always expanding, just like we are, so what does that say about us? Are we truly experience ‘junkies’ in the sense that no moment is the same as the previous one? Well in my view, some people are just more eager to stimulate this growth process then others, hence, the reason who some cling to the status quo and others (like myself) are eagerly willing to innovate, be a trickster and do things differently.
You either cling to certainty or predictability and create a lifestyle in which as little change as possible can occur, or you go all out wild and dance to the fire of your belly… Either way, all is right, I don’t want to be biased in saying one lifestyle is superior over the other, it just depends on your own personal needs and challenges you want to embark one.
That being said, I want to address some insights about system thinking and how it comes that ‘the only certainty is that of uncertainty’. This concept is especially interesting in studying organizational behavior in say for example cultures at large or corporations. What you often see is that this dichotomy between ‘control’ and ‘laissez-faire’ or ‘certainty’ and ‘uncertainty’ creates friction (political, social, intellectual etc), conflict and tension between the two, which is completely natural, since without friction we won’t have fire, right? Implying that we need the negative and the positive in the universe for interesting things to occur. Lets say you are a colleague of mine and you have a very high need for security and control, then I must be your worst nightmare :p no seriously, trying to control me is like trying to catch soap in your bathroom, it ain’t possible, your only certainty is that eventually I will be uncertain and something unpredictable will happen. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just a difference in personality that we have to face if we want to co-exist together peacefully.
Understanding this concept of uncertainty in life can be very helpful in finding some grace, ease of mind and trust in that things will work out smoothly if you are just willing enough to relax a bit more. If you are a bit like me (or not) doesn’t really matter, you embrace uncertainty, adventure, change, challenge and struggle as a catalyzer for growth and not as evil that has to be eradicated. Creative people are often labelled as crazy, dangerous, wicked or simply pure evil, because they form a threat for the status quo, the way things are. Where they see potential, others see complete annihilation. Really fascinating to mention as well is that our animal nature is mammalian, meaning that every human being has the bio-psychological influence of gathering as much resources as possible and to prevent death. You know, the human organism its priority is to promote longevity, hence probably the reason why there is such a big incentive for security programs and pension plans in governance.
If you want to grow, and if you want to really catalyze the progress (like I do), then it makes sense to create more chaos, stress, challenge, struggle and calamities during the day and have a good night sleep to digest it all and do it again. We learn and grow stronger through making mistakes, taking on challenges and having a struggle. As a metaphor, your muscles won’t grow if you take it easy on yourself and seek too much comfort. Therefore, the only certainty is that of uncertainty, since the one universal thing about life is that everything is constantly changing and growing, boxed within certain realistic parameters off course, and that eventually life will thwart us into uncertain directions from which we can grow from.
It’s very simple really, you have to struggle with gravity (struggle) on a daily basis, not because it is annoying, but because it is a blessing in disguise. Without gravity you wouldn’t exist, and because of gravity and resistance we can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and expand our horizons of what it means to be alive!
Hope it was an interesting read and more then happy to hear from you,
All the best,