Tiny Wisdom: On Not Knowing

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“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” -Gerry Spence

Many of the beliefs we consider facts are really just things we wish were true–comforting ideas that we’re scared to release.

The world and people feel a lot safer when you think you have them pegged, but the truth is that there’s far more we don’t know than do know, and that will likely always be the case.

If we can let go of our need to know and be right, we can be amazed, inspired, motivated, challenged, and filled with wonder every day.

If we can accept that more often than not, there is no definite answer, we can connect through our collective vulnerability instead of separating through our individual understandings.

We are all in this together–in a world rife with unknowns.

Here’s to drawing one less unnecessary line in the sand today. Here’s to believing more in each other than in our interpretations of what’s true. Here’s to opening up to what’s possible instead of clinging to what seems probable.

Photo by Pandy Adnyana

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Susan

    My Zen teacher Jane Shuman speaks so often about something she learned from Darlene Cohen: Choose connection over opinion. So much of what we think we know is only opinion, and pressing our opinions on others often creates conflict. Connection leaves all the doors open.

  • Right on, Lori. On the other side of every present moment is the unknown.

  • Lalaland7611

    My way of life is a 12 step program and after several years I hit a spiritual wall and I found admitting that I don’t really know anything, especially in regards to my higher power, has liberated me in ways I can’t find words wonderful enough to describe. I am freed from judging others or myself, free to truly live in today and free to be grateful. Not knowing is where I find my spiritual connection that keeps me clean. Thank you for our post. As the master said “not knowing is closest”.