I had overworked and stressed my muscles last week. After one day of moaning and groaning and one night of tossing and turning I decided to forget tidying the house. I sank into my giant bathtub filled with hot water and a healthy dose of Epsom Salts, and I grabbed one of my favorite inspirational Deepak Chopra books: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.  100_1341I keep three or four books there at the end of the tub, and a pair of cheater glasses, +2’s I think, just for this purpose. Of course those books are beginning to look a little the worse for wear with watermarked pages, loose bindings, and warped covers. But the words…the words are still good. The words are magic.

When I chose my page at random (I always close my eyes and run my finger along the edges of the pages and then open the book) I came to the last part of the chapter on The Law of Detachment. My eyes fell to this paragraph:

And when there is no evolution, there is stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay.
Uncertainty, on the other hand, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom.”

I took a few moments to dwell on those words and then read on, only soon to find myself returning to that page and re-reading. I kept adding more and more hot water, and my fingers soon became prune like. My thoughts shifted to my writing. I had been stuck for a long time in moving on and writing new words, but about six weeks ago I’d had a major shift in thinking. I’d tossed out what I’d been working on. What I thought I should be working on. What I thought my small following of readers would expect from me. What I thought would be the best path if I wanted to pursue a career as an author. What a bunch of hooey. Of course I’d gotten stuck. As soon as I gave up that useless thinking and decided to reclaim the fun in writing, everything changed.

Fast forward six weeks and I realize I’m back to having fun with my work. I’d chosen to write a hero I’d never written before, and a subject that came with only a vague understanding but would prove to be fun to research.
Woman on ComputerThe reasons for my happiness are there on Chopra’s pages. Embracing uncertainty in life is the same as embracing uncertainty when it comes to our writing. Stepping into that unknown land of writing a new book, without obligation to anyone but yourself and the story you’re trying to tell, is so freeing. Being uncertain of where that story, and those characters, may take you is what keeps the writing new, fresh, and exciting. There is a heightened sense of adventure and mystery about the work when you allow uncertainty into the picture, and that is priceless.

So, what revelations on life, or writing, or both, have you experienced lately?

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12 Responses to Uncertainty

  1. Janie Emaus says:

    I’ve learned that losing a loved one really changes your way of thinking. I’m writing what makes me happy. And looking for laughter in everyday events. Because even in sadness there is joy. Does that make sense?

  2. robena grant says:

    It most certainly does, Janie. And I’m so very sorry for your loss. Writing can help with the healing process, and so can holding those sweet memories dear and laughing over happy days shared.

  3. Uncertainty is certainly fertile ground for the imagination.

    I have found I cannot write when traveling. Don’t know how others do it, but it is impossible for me.

  4. robena grant says:

    Well, that’s a revelation right there, Lynne. I can’t write on vacation either. In fact I usually go dark and forget about email and social media for a week at a time. I think that’s when we relax and refill the well. ; )

  5. Kady Winter says:

    Uncertainty is the air I breathe! As the wife of a self-employed man for 25 years and having been self-employed for over ten years now myself, embracing uncertainty had been a conscious effort in order to maintain sanity. I love that you had the bathtub/Chopra inspired wisdom to put aside the writing that wasn’t flowing at the moment and pursue something fresh and invigorating. That other project will always be there to go back to should things change, and in the meantime, you’ll have written more wonderful books!

  6. robena grant says:

    Excellent, Kady. And yes, I’m sure with both you and your hubs being self-employed you would soon learn to embrace uncertainty. And there is an art to embracing it with positivity, which seems odd to say, but I think of it as going with the flow of the river.

  7. Sam Beck says:

    Certainty is an illusion. No need to seek comfort in it, because it doesn’t exist. You can plan, you can hedge your bets, but nobody has certainty. And why would we want it? The thrill of living has a something to do with not knowing what’s coming, but keeping the hope. 😉

    Enjoy the thrills!

  8. robena grant says:

    Absolutely, Sam. In fact, I think the famous author/creator question, “what if?” arises from uncertainty. Without that, we’d have nothing. ; )

  9. I don’t have a good answer for this but it was good to read your thought processes.

  10. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Judy. Glad you stopped by.

  11. Julie says:

    Our channeled message today was about taking it all in stride, even more concise than one day at a time. More like one mindful moment at a time.

    That can be a challenging lesson, for all of us!

    Great process you have, with the tub and the inspiration.

  12. robena grant says:

    Ah, taking it all in stride. A mindful moment or staying in the conscious moment. I do get that. : )