Navigating the Chaos of Uncertainty

I once saw a cartoon of a frog leaping from one lily pad to another. There’s a look of sheer terror on her face as she realizes she’s about to miss the lily pad. The caption read: Just when you think you’ve made ends meet, someone moves an end.

I suspect that millions of people are feeling a lot like that. Maybe you’re one of them. Poised midair between the old and the new, wondering “What do I do now?”

Welcome to the Age of Massive Uncertainty. The pandemic has played havoc with our lily pads. The present is unfamiliar. The future is unpredictable. Your sense of security is shattered. It feels like nothing’s happening, you’re going nowhere.

Many will do anything to avoid uncertainty. As humans, we yearn for the certainty of solid ground. We’ll numb our anxiety with alcohol or overwork. Or rush head-first into a new job, another relationship.

Yet uncertainty has a powerful purpose. It’s not an empty time. It’s a fallow time, a moratorium, a vital phase in the transition process.

It is not a time to commit. It is a time to surrender, to unhook from the past, to create a new future. It is a time to feel your feelings, grieve your losses.

It’s also a time for self-reflection, connecting with your inner wisdom. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Mull over ideas. Share feelings with friends. Explore possibilities.

How long does uncertainty last? For some, mere days. Others, several months. Still others, even longer. A lot depends on your willingness to tolerate ambiguity. The more you can allow, even embrace uncertainty, the less time you’ll need to spend there.

But rest assured, uncertainty won’t last forever. It’s only a temporary phase. At some point, you’ll begin to feel a fresh burst of energy, a renewed optimism, a sense of clarity and direction. Opportunities will appear. Loose ends will come together. And out of the chaos of uncertainty, new beginnings will emerge.

How are you embracing your uncertainty? Leave me a comment below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Lisa

    Be careful on the road to life. Things and people can suddenly overtake you without indicating!

    I dead with uncertainty by knowing what is certain in my life. I have a roof over my head, food to eat and someone I can always call.

  • Margo

    Leap and the net will appear! I saw this written in a card and it resonates with me. I’m in total transition now with my mom moved and her home getting sold. That has been my life for almost 20 years! Sometimes I’m terrified and sometimes I’m excited for a new adventure. I surrender and reflect . I’ll spend some time traveling alone. I’m use to this…. It’s all about seeing the glass half empty or half full. I’ll drink it down and create emptiness to be filled with new dreams to fulfill

  • Julie Bruns

    Beautiful analogy and very timely reminders. Thanks for your always wise insights.
    This is the space I find myself in now. I love the line about the quicker you embrace it, the less time it lasts….so true!

    • barbara huson

      It’s always so wonderful to hear from you Julie. I’d love to hear more about the space you’re in now. Yes, it is true that acceptance is like a magical elixir that dilutes, if not entirely erases, that feeling of uncertainty!

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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