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Learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across your mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.
~ R.W. Emerson

Welcome to the 50th edition of the MayWeather Newsletter series, a weekly newsletter where I share my thoughts and new ideas on things that I learn on personal productivity; somewhere between due diligence, good thinking and note-taking.


<<First Name>>, don’t you think our fear of losing (our illusion of) security is what makes us anxious?

Did you notice your mind is always seeking zones of safety, and when these zones of safety are continually falling apart, you scramble to get another zone of safety back together again?

Here is the truth: we spend all of our energy and lives trying to re-create these zones of safety, which are always falling apart.

In as much as you want to know what’s happening, you can never know what will happen to you the next minute. All you can do is try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability – always hoping to be comfortable and safe.

But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty.

In all sincerity, we dread being confused and not knowing which way to turn whenever we are in a fix. I have come to realise this whole not-knowing what next is part of the adventure of life. It’s equally what makes us afraid.

To cave in to the fear of uncertainty is to extend the reign of unproductivity. If you cannot avoid uncertainty, it is of utmost importance that you embrace it. You must stop trying to control and predict every aspect of your life, and instead develop the skills to handle what comes your way.


Weekly Thread of Wisdom 
  1. We fear losing our illusion of security—that’s what makes us anxious. We fear being confused and not knowing which way to turn. We want to know what’s happening. The mind is always seeking zones of safety, and these zones of safety are continually falling apart. Then we scramble to get another zone of safety back together again. We spend all our energy and waste our lives trying to re-create these zones of safety, which are always falling apart. We can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure. It’s also what makes us afraid.

    ~ Pema Chödrön in Comfortable with Uncertainty

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In Closing 

Did you ever plant a crop as a kid or farmer? Was it possible to decide the yield of the seed?  How about predicting the taste of its fruit? The same can be said of an idea.

An idea lives to be shared, yet it does not die when we share it. It scatters its seeds in the orchard of the mind of every one who hears of it. It lives on, enriching the soil and multiplying into the fruits of tomorrow’s ideas.

It is a good day to stop waiting for that ripe idea and litter the garden of your mind with the seeds of that lone idea of yours.
 

Rooting for you as always,
Jibsss
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