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Many things in life are beyond our understanding. And as much as we would love to have perfect clarity, there is wisdom in accepting the mysteries of life.

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Sitting with uncertainty is hard. We like to know and figure things out.

Our confidence increases when we understand, and it drops when we do not.

When things are clear, we readily make things happen – solving problems and coming through for others.

However, when we do not have certainty, we are more likely to shut down and withdraw or relentlessly demand for things to be clear – rejecting the validity of anything we do not understand.

A better approach is humbly accepting the mysteries of life – mysteries both within and without.

For example, we might not understand why we are drawn to certain people, places, and things. The desires of our heart are often very mysterious. They keep us awake at night and will not be denied. But even with all our inner wrestling, we cannot fully explain or always know what to do with them.

People are this way as well. They are utterly mysterious. While our relationships can develop certain trusted rhythms, there remains aspects we cannot understand, predict, or control. Someone can still surprise us even after years of knowing him or her.

Accepting the mystery is accepting the unknown and learning to enjoy the beauty of it.

This does not mean we give up our curiosity and the desire to know more.

Rather, we approach the mysteries of life with a sense of openness and wonder – contemplating the unknown instead of desperately trying to solve it.

This allows us to experience a deeper and more subtle reality than we typically would otherwise.

It’s okay not to know everything. Learn to enjoy the mysteries of life.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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