Living with uncertainty

“Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”
― Laozi, The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao-Te Ching

On Tuesday night I watched Ben Fogle’s programme, “New Lives in the Wild“.

I’ve previously watched quite a few of these to see how people manage to escape the rat race and carve out a life in the wilderness.

Tuesday’s programme was no exception:

“Ben travels to the vast forests of the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria to join Miriam and her husband Peter, a couple who have chosen life as nomads, hiking through some of the world’s most striking wildernesses. They are educated, unemployed and homeless – and it’s just the way they like it.”

I don’t suspect many people would be attracted to live as nomads, but what struck me most about the programme was how Peter and Miriam were willing to embrace uncertainty.

For most of us, we suffer from the anxiety of giving up or losing what we’ve got and never think how that paralyses our choices. In their case, they accepted the tension of standing in a space of ‘not knowing’ and even, when, the pull of normality snapped at their heels, they simply pushed through their anxiety.

Of course, for the rest of us — including me — we don’t like living with uncertainty. We need to control our circumstances.

But how much control do we really have over:

our health?
our work situation?
our relationships?
our money?
our will?

In the end, how we live our life is a choice. But I do wonder how much we’ve lost in trying to order everything in our lives.



Photo by David Marcu on Unsplash