Those who try to avoid uncertainty only end up avoiding possibilities. – Sadguru
In order to get to our beautiful Island in Fiji, we had a four hour plane trip from Australia, a one hour 15min trip in a small 10 seater aircraft, a 25min car drive and a 30 minute boat ride. It was the small aircraft that I struggled with.
From the moment I boarded the small plane I started to visualise what could go wrong. As I took my seat, I began to feel vulnerable and aware that I would feel every bump of turbulence or change of weather (which we did) and any technical problems the pilot was having would be seen by all because there is no door to their cabin!
Brave and courageous as I am (not!) I started to breathe and ask myself, “So what are you going to do, even if you do crash?” “Can I just accept that this too will pass?” It was only when I started to imagine a “what if” scenario, which is thinking in the future, that I was fearful. Once I began to connect and breathe in the moment, I realised that until something happened, nothing scary was happening.
Life and nature teach us that we are always living in uncertainty, but the choice for each of us is to see that from a place of fear or of possibility. The plane trip which seemed far longer than one hour, helped me realise how much fear was consuming me, when I allowed it in.
In order to complete a goal or arrive at a destination in life, we have to work through the uncertainty and the unknown. How we see those times in our life will always depend on how easily we move through it and let go. Because we do not know the future, then we cannot judge or live as if we do and so the only alternative is to surrender, accept what is and possibly even enjoy the ride!! (I tried ha)