Rhythms and Uncertainty

by | May 18, 2020 | Change |

I am creature of habit. Every morning I sit in the spot to write. The unexpected benefit of this is I notice the changes in the morning light. How each day it is slightly different than the previous. The other, more stunning, benefit is the moon. During part of its cycle, it hangs in the sliver of sky between the top of the window and the top of one our outbuildings. In the winter months it reflects light into the house, while now it remains visible in the cloudless mornings.

It is a constant reminder of beauty and consistency. Nothing to do with me, but constantly present. The cycle of the moon will go on. There is a rhythm in it.

And maybe now we need rhythms more than ever. For many, peak frustration is setting in. We kind of knew it was coming, but didn’t know when. Just like we kind of knew our leaders, our politicians, didn’t know how best to deal with the trade offs of health and economics. But now we’ve arrived. It’s like the utility and luxury tax squares of our Monopoly board have been changed to frustration and lack trust squares. And we’ve landed on them on the same journey around the board.

And there is much uncertainty, questions without a clear answers. However, we do know some rhythms of life will continue. The moon will rise, the seasons will change, and countless others. And here’s the thing, many of these rhythms will continue no matter what decision we make. Part of dealing with uncertainty is making decisions that keep us moving, direction is less important. It’s through the moving, the engaging with the uncertainty that sense comes.

And yes we will need to course correct. That is inevitable. Just remember, when a plane leaves London for Toronto it is constantly correcting its course as winds and other things blow it off course. Life is not about setting a direction and walking away, it’s about engaging, creating, learning. Rhythms can help us do that and they can be reminders that life will go on.

Photo by Sanni Sahil


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