It’s not what you don’t know that that gets you into trouble.
It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
Perhaps one of the biggest hoaxes we play on ourselves is the belief that we can know something for certain. Hundreds of years ago people were sure that the earth was flat. Until they found out that it wasn’t. When we hold fast to our idea of something, we start to lock out all of the other possibilities that might exist. We begin to construct our world so that it fits our definition of the things we believe we know for sure. There’s a certain amount of comfort that comes with “knowing”. But that rigor can also get us into trouble. It allows us to get blindsided when things change. It limits our options because we can’t see other possibilities that might exist. We make choices that might not really serve us.
I’m not suggesting that you don’t believe things to be true. Rather I’m proposing that you begin to look at the world with a wide open mind.
To let go of your need to know.
To give up having to have the answer to the question, “Why?”
To reconsider things that you assume are true.
That kind of curiosity and non-attachment creates a much bigger playground – one that gives you space to explore who you are and what the world is all about.
Several years ago when I was in India, inspired by the vista of the Kangra Valley, I wrote a little poem on this topic of needing to know.
I do not know.
In fits and starts
I like to comfort myself
by saying that I do.
But here on the edge
with a birds eye view
I know that it is not true.
of the lammergeier’s wings
that things are just so.
Butterfly or bird
does not question why.
It simply floats and soars,
not weighted down
by need or knowing.
In fear we cling to the branch
not letting go
and tumbling toward
the essence of ourselves.
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