Contentment in Uncertainty

Rather than indulge or reject our experience, we can somehow let the energy of the emotion, the quality of what we’re feeling, pierce us to the heart. This is easier said than done, but it’s a noble way to live.” —Pema Chodren, When Things Fall Apart: Advice for Difficult Times

This site was born in a pandemic. Today, the world is chaotic and unpredictable. We don’t know whether we will get the virus, or if we do, what effect it will have. Maybe I’ve already had it, and I didn’t notice? Maybe it will kill me. Unemployment is at record levels;  protesters march in the streets. Uncertainty surrounds us.

But, even without a pandemic, life is uncertain. Losing a job, a medical diagnosis, the loss of a loved one all bring chaos into our life, forcing us to confront the reality that we are fragile creatures. COVID-19 created a moment that collectively calls us to look at the illusions under which we live.

But, could there be a gift in this uncertainty?  I think there is. The virus makes us re-evaluate how we work,  why we do it, and whether we should just get to-go cocktails from the restaurant down the street. 

During these difficult times, I look to the moments that are right here, right now: my kids laughing at dinner, a morning walk, clean sheets, a kiss from my husband. These are my contentment in uncertainty. The simple things in my life bring me peace in the right now, which is really the only moment we have. My pursuit of minimalism and simple living are tools that steer me toward these moments. Simple living has helped me clear distractions that let me focus on what’s essential, what’s at the heart of my life: family, friends, writing, and play. My big life – with three kids and a law practice – is also a simple life, focused on only the essential. I hope you’ll join me as I take deeper look at what it is to live a big life, simply.

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