Zen Habits recently published the very useful Finding Peace with Uncertainty, one of our favorite subjects. It made us go back and leaf through the great Maira Kalman’s wonderful book, The Principles of Uncertainty.    We clipped this image of her crossed-out musings thinking, for sure, she naturally applies Zen Habits’ 8 practices…

Try something new, but small and safe.

When you mess up, don’t see it as painful failure. See the wonder and opportunity in change.

Ask “what’s the worst-case scenario”?

Develop a change toolset.

Become aware of your clinging.

See the downsides of clinging.

Experience the joy in the unknown.

via zenhabits

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2 replies on “dealing with uncertainty, from zen habits + maira kalman

  1. if time was just the present moment would there be enough?
    what if patience was presence?
    i think i would choose feeling, IF i had to choose
    what if luck and fate were one and the same?
    what if there was no such thing as a mistake?
    coherence – ooooy vey
    etc., etc., etc.
    what if, what if…

    thanks for this pause…great fun.

  2. I LOVE your ‘what if’s” Jody. And the big first line: If time was just the present would there be enough?

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