dealing with uncertainty, from zen habits + maira kalman

maira kalman ‘the principles of uncertainty’

Zen Habits recently published the very useful Finding Peace with Uncertainty, about 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 from it imagining, for sure, she naturally applies Zen Habits’ 8 practices herself (we’ve summed them up below):

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 Responses to dealing with uncertainty, from zen habits + maira kalman

  1. jody 10.02.2012 at 11:16am #

    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. Sally 10.03.2012 at 7:01pm #

    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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