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Uncertainty

December 26, 2008

This excerpt by Brian Hendricks was inscribed on the inside of the album cover for a KT Tunstall CD I got for Christmas.  If this is the stuff of her heart and mind, no wonder I find her lyrics so engaging…

“The beauty of uncertainty is that it motivates us to seek certainty.  We are compelled to replace doubt with conviction, to replace confusion with clarity, to be more fearful of old ideas instead of new ones.  Nothing is more disparaged than the person who is lost, hesitant, and anxious.  Yet the true path to fulfillment comes from these conditions.  Uncertainty becomes truly beautiful when connected with the certainty that there is a better life beyond the life that is known.  The artist, scientist, entrepreneur, athlete, and traveller:  all embrace uncertainty as their muse.  What is going to happen next is more enticing than what is happening now.  The thrill of anticipation, the mystery of the unkown, the open road, mistakes as portals of discovery, the inevitability of change, purpose from chaos, questions leading to answers, failure as the threshold of knowledge.  All of these conditions inform the life of the adventurer, the human being who is engaged in becoming.  The beauty of uncertainty is that it prepares us to embrace life in the face of death.  Allows us the strength to deal with the freedom to choose.  To willingly exchange the fear of uncertainty for the security of certainty is to admit defeat.  To surrender to the fear of actually living your life.  Nothing moves forward except by the craving to seek certainty from uncertainty.”  (emphasis added)

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