Embracing Uncertainty : Breakthrough Methods for Achieving Peace of Mind When Facing the Unknown
From the million-copy-plus bestselling author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway comes a powerful and healing book designed to offer a safety net in a world of never-ending change. With her invaluable insights and exercises, Susan gives us the tools we need to deal with all the uncertainty in our lives with a sense of peace and wondrous possibility.
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St. Martin's Press
March 14, 2004
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Excerpt from Embracing Uncertainty by Susan Jeffers
How Do You Choose to Live
Now, more than ever, we need something enduring to hold close, something that won't wash away in the furious tides of change.
-- WALTER COOPER
Embracing Uncertainty is a book about sleeping better at night... about easing the pain in our brains that comes from trying to control the uncontrollable... about making life more an enriching adventure than a continuous worry. It is about providing that "something enduring to hold close, something that won't wash away in the furious tides of change."
The wise philosopher, Alan Watts, points out that there is the feeling that we live in a time of unusual insecurity. He attributes this feeling to the many new technologies with which science and industry are bombarding us. He also attributes it to the many long-held traditions that have broken down relative to family life, religion, and the world of work. Now here's the surprise...Watts made these observations in 1951!
I would venture to say that the feeling of insecurity has greatly escalated since those seemingly "good old days"! Since then we have lived through many events that have further eroded our sense of security, none more startling and upsetting than the destruction by terrorists of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11, 2001. So many people from all over the world lost their lives. And so many lost people they dearly loved. What happened on this historic day has had the effect of putting the entire world on a state of alert. For how long Only time will tell.
To compound the difficulty, we live in a society that teaches us to grasp for control, total control, of everything -- our careers, our relationships, our children, our health, our money, the state of the world, and on and on and on. We insist that life be secure, safe, predictable, and all good things. As a result, we are uncomfortable, even panicked, about all the uncertainty in our lives. After all, uncertainty implies "no-control."