How we respond in the face of uncertainty has a lot to say about the health of our spirit. When we view the world from a place of acceptance and openness, we are more likely to find skills to cope during challenging times.
If we struggle to accept that we are not in control of many aspects of life, we will feel more fearful when we think about all the what-ifs we may face.
As H.P. Lovecraft so aptly stated, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
Some theorists consider the fear of the unknown to be the fundamental fear at the root of what makes us feel scared. (4)
Healthy spirituality recognizes that there are greater forces at work in the world. This acknowledgment provides a buffer against fear. When we accept that we are not in control, we are, in essence, also accepting the uncertainties inherent in life.
When we acknowledge and accept uncertainties, they lose their power to fill us with dread. Admitting we are not in control of everything provides perspective and allows us to approach life from a place of openness.
Conversely, if we allow fear of the unknown a foothold in our spirit, it can lead to bitterness, depression, and despair. (3)