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Why do I resist change?

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When we lived in Carman, Manitoba we often drove into Winnipeg. I loved that hour-long drive; it was beautiful, restful and, except perhaps in the dead of winter, relaxing. There were no hills to climb, no treacherous crossroads to navigate, and only three bends in the road.  You knew it was time to anticipate a curve in the highway 20kms before it arrived.

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I have absolutely no idea what “The Uncertainty Principle” is. Quantum mechanics is utterly foreign territory, involving language and thought processes vastly beyond my capacity to comprehend.

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I cannot think of the number of times I have found myself saying to people who were struggling with making a decision that we only get to see as far ahead in life as the next curve in the road. No matter how many fortune tellers we might consult, or how religiously we read our horoscopes, we seldom get to see what is around the next corner until we get there. Some degree of risk and uncertainty are an inevitable part of every decision we ever make.

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There is a space between here and there that is often a place of confusion, restlessness, doubt, perhaps even fear. We live most of our lives in this place of uncertainty. We know where we have been and where we are now; we do not know where we will be tomorrow or exactly how we are going to get there.
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So much of life requires the skills of living with unresolved situations. Things do not always easily resolve themselves into neat packages. The time between what was and what is about to be can be awkward, unsettling, at times deeply painful.
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And the Lord said, “Go.” (Genesis 12:1)

The pilgrim said, “Go where?”

Lord: “Go.”

Pilgrim: “How will I know the way?”

Lord: “Go.”

Pilgrim: “How will I know when I get there?”

Lord: “Go.”

Mostly life does not come with a clearly defined road map. We take one step after another; we move forward without any clear picture of what lies ahead. Plans change; things seldom turn out as we anticipate.
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