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What Are You Sure Of?

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What are you sure of? What is it that you know that you know?

There is a saying that the only sure things are death and taxes. In fact, taxes are even surer than death as someone will have to file your last income tax statement for you even after you die.  

Life raises the stakes on each of us from time to time, taking away our certainties. The spread of the coronavirus throughout the world and our own country the past two years has taken away many of our life-long certainties. 

You are certain that you have the whole job thing under control until coworkers start whispering news that the company might not make it through the end of the year.  You are certain you’ve raised your kids well until the phone rings and it’s the police. 

You are certain that your spouse still has eyes only for you until they start coming home later and seem distant in a way you can’t quite put your finger on. 

You are certain that life is under control until a routine examination finds a lump and your doctor wants to schedule a biopsy.

Uncertainty has a way of creeping in on each one of us. Just when everything seems to be under control and life is working out right, a pandemic or something else comes along and wrecks it all, leaving you to wonder what went wrong.    

What happened to that sense of control that you had? What happened to that feeling that something was certain? 

Thanks to Frank Logue for a few of these ideas.

How has the uncertainty of the past two years helped YOU to look at YOUR life differently? Have the past two years helped YOU to be a more open person to those around YOU? If not, why not?


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