As I look back at the year that has been, uncertainty has been a constant companion. It took many shapes and forms between the evolving pandemic, working for myself, adjusting to rural life, and the passing away of dear ones.
Time and again, what has helped me navigate through this uncertain year is to practice mindful acceptance.
One way I have coped with uncertainty is to pause through moments when I feel gripped by it, to ask myself a simple question - “Where Do You Think You’re Going?” Besides reminding me of one of my favorite Dire Straits songs, the practice also serves as a humble reminder to acknowledge and be okay with uncertainty. To be okay with not knowing where I am heading. To accept that there will be twists and turns on the journey of life. And that I cannot avoid these twists and turns, but what I can do is keep moving ahead.
It’s important to note that extending acceptance towards the uncertainty does not need to translate into ignoring the emotions. The two need not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, by accepting the uncertainty, one can create space to look at and work through the emotions that it can bring.
As I look ahead to the new year, I am hoping for less uncertainty ahead. But when it does appear, I am likely to ask myself - “Where Do You Think You’re Going?”