Thursday, February 7, 2013

365 Inspirations—38: The Unknown (The Art of Uncertainty by Dennis Merritt Jones)

"Those stuck in the no-zone are held there in part by their habit energy and have not a clue of the unforetold opportunities that lie ahead in the mystery of that which is yet to be."—Dennis Merritt Jones

We are creatures of habit and tend to do the same things over and over again. Sometimes we don't even realize it. Why? Because it's safe and comfortable. Nothing wrong with that.

But if we never stretch out of the box of "what we already know," we don't grow.

Moving into the unknown is scary, but I believe even in our comfort zone, we cannot predict what will happen in the next moment, so why not make the unknown our new comfort zone.

I'm reading a book called The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It  by Dennis Merritt Jones. I've gotten so much from this book. It made me realize that from very early on in our childhood we start to believe certain things about ourselves based on how we grew up and on our surroundings. Often we accept certain things about ourselves based on our history and never challenge these ideas or opinions.

Things like I've always been overweight, I'm not so smart or I'm not good at math are just some examples of beliefs we have about ourselves. Many people accept these labels or ideas about themselves and instead of challenging them, just keep reinforcing that these are true.

The mystery of life says that we can be and do anything we want. Do you believe it?

It takes so much courage to believe this and to step out into the vast, unchartered unknown and to create something new for ourselves.

Merritt takes the "comfort zone" a bit further claiming that much of society lives in what is called "the no-zone".

He says, "Those stuck in the no-zone are held there in part by their habit energy and have not a clue of the unforetold opportunities that lie ahead in the mystery of that which is yet to be."

He continues, "To transcend the no-zone-layer requires being fully awake and connected to life in the moment, thriving each new day, knowing who you are, and knowing that what you do with who you are matters to you and the world."

He also says that to transcend the no-zone requires three things: clarifying your intentions, getting your bearings and taking action.

It's easy to take our lives for granted and just expect everything to be as we expect it to be day after day. Superficially, it appears that we know what is going on. The truth is, things are changing every single second.

Our lives are unknown. This is the truth. Rather than being afraid of this, I'd like to embrace it and make the unknown my new comfort zone. I want to live in the mystery of life and love it just as the book's title reads. Every single day is a blessing and I can't wait to see what is around the corner! I want to try new things and stretch out of my box. How about you?

Are you afraid of the unknown? Do you believe you can do and be anything you want to do and be?


  1. Facing and embracing the unknown is not easy for me. It really is easier to follow our habits and not think too much about our intentions or even what we want. As I learn more about mindfulness and minding the moment, I hope I will learn more ways to get out of the habits I cling to for no reason other than they're familiar.

    1. Bringing mindfulness into it is an excellent way to start ^_^! We are ALL creatures of habit, so you are not the only one. I'm trying to learn to be friends with the unknown and get to know it ^_^! Not easy!

  2. It's amazing how in tune our posts are sometimes - I posted about the fear of the unknown Tuesday night. Part of me is afraid of the unknown but part of me isn't. Honestly, the unknown excited me and I love "not knowing" what the future brings. Great post as always my friend.

    1. Hi Keith, I'll have to go over and check out your post! During the week I often don't have much time to read many blogs with a full teaching schedule. I often find, from my experience, that MANY bloggers tend to be "in synch" with what they post. After all, I do believe we are all connected in more ways than we can fathom. So great to see you here this morning!

  3. The mystery of life says that we can be and do anything we want. Do you believe it?

    Yes I do believe this- and I told my kids over and over this- but we don't necessarily follow through on what we are told because of all the other noise around us.
    Great blog- thanks for tuning in on mine! Cheers!

    1. Yes, there is a lot of noise out there and sometimes we make it our own when it's just that....noise! So glad to connect with you Kathe!

  4. Hey Katherine...thanks for the beautiful review of my book, The Art of Uncertainty. I am honored (and flattered) by your kind words and I love your willingness to share your wisdom so generously and authentically!

    Peace, Dennis Merritt Jones

    1. Thanks Dennis! I am very happy to share you book here!!!!