Earlier today I read Melibee Global‘s blog and came across a post about delicious ambiguity. For some reason, everyone in my life (including myself) is facing ambiguity. We are facing many changes, new beginnings, and uncertainties related to the future. As a planner similar to many of my loved ones, it is easy to feel anxious and constantly worried about what will happen next.
With summer vacations underway, longer days, and more opportunity for reflection, I wanted to pass along some Melibee Global words that strongly resonated with me.
“While we all go through shifts in our lives at home, they often seem to be even more difficult because we’re HOME. We are in our own culture and in the US culture, planning and forcing an outcome is our norm. We are goal setters. We live with the burden of constantly progressing. We forget about the fine art of BEEing sometimes.
When we are abroad, we are often more excited and open about embracing the ambiguity. Waking up in a new place and not knowing exactly what the day will bring, what will inspire, what will be learned (even if it means getting lost in the process) somehow holds value to us. It becomes a great traveler story for later!
But in our home culture not knowing can be excruciating. It causes us to lose sleep. To make poor decisions. To lose our composure. To cry. To be frustrated.
Yet somehow in those moments of uncertainty when we’re abroad, we learn how to embrace that delicious ambiguity.
Know that we all go through these moments in life where we want to resist change, myself included. Instead of beating ourselves up, we can ask ourselves what we’ve learned from the experience. There is always a lesson.
Choose to learn the lesson and to take the adventure. Life is so much more beautiful when we do.“
As you travel and return home, consider what grounds you and makes you feel comfortable with the changes you will face in the near and distant future. I have found that spending time in nature, reading, going to church, yoga, and most other forms of alone time help me feel grounded. I hope that we all will perceive our future changes as delicious ambiguity, the essence of life.