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I Know

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It may often feel like you must have it all together and figured out in life. That you must know exactly where you are going, how to get there, and to be on your way.

Feelings of anxiety, fear, frustration, inferiority or insecurity often stem from this expectation you may have to know.

Here’s the thing, I know that you do not know.

The question is, do you know that you do not know?

The greatest thing to know is that one does not know. Once one becomes aware and comfortable with this reality, one becomes less fearful in life.

A few reflections to help inspire this important quality of not knowing…


Once one joins a new company or takes a new role

They begin to act like they know, when in fact they do not

And it is obvious to everyone but themselves

Best to accept what is already visible for everyone else to see

Once one understands that doing something new to them might be difficult

They stop expecting themselves to know the new immediately

And their demands become realistic for once

Patience is a great gift in support of growth

Once one becomes open to the idea that maybe they do not know

They feel a weight has been lifted from their shoulders

And now move through life with greater lightness and ease

An expert’s mind is closed, where a beginner’s mind is open

Once one admits to themselves that they do not know

They become resourceful and learn how to ask for help

And get the benefits of the knowledge and mistakes of others

Teamwork is more satisfying than solo accomplishment

Once one no longer feels a need to prove something

They become secure in where they are and in who they are

And from that place begin to prove a lot

Pretending is unkind and painful to the self

Once one becomes comfortable with not knowing

They stop expecting everyone else around them to know

And find that their relationships and outlook improves

Learn to accept reality as it is, not as you wish it to be

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