• Michael Dahdal

Knowing Enough

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Life has this way of throwing lots of questions at you. Moral and ethical questions, existential and even practical questions

The obvious reaction to every question asked, is to try to resolve it by coming up with some kind of answer that is satisfactory enough to satisfy your curiosities.

Either that, or ignore them completely and escape into an abyss.

But what happens when you can’t find the answer that’s satisfactory enough, or you can’t resolve your dilemma by simply grappling with the questions.

You get stuck. There’s no forward motion.

You’re neither here nor there; you procrastinate, because you can’t see a clear path forward.

So, what do you do about that?

Well, you can keep grappling with the questions indefinitely, hoping that somehow a satisfactory enough answer will come to you eventually.

Or you can draw your own conclusions, commit yourself to a point of view and move forward.

So it becomes a process of discovery, not a single point of realisation.

Where people seem to get stuck is in assuming that every question has a right answer.

That you can only make a decision for yourself if there is some kind of guarantee that things will work out the way you want or expect them to.

Well, I’ll tell you now, there are no guarantees

And the limits of human knowledge make it impossible for every question to be answered with definitive objective certainty.

Sure, you can continue to expand your knowledge and understanding, but at a certain point you’ll need to take that leap of faith.

You’re simply going to have to let go.

It’s not about knowing everything, it's about knowing just enough.

Just enough to trust, that regardless of the outcome – you are living a life that is true, comforted by the fact that you're doing the best you can with everything you do know.

That every situation provides you with a unique opportunity to learn and grow.

You see, attaching yourself to an outcome is limited. You’re so fixated on the destination, that you miss all the roses along the way.

It’s also a kind of holding on, it feels heavy.

Something you carry around with you that ultimately weighs you down.

Taking that leap of faith however, well, that’s more of a letting go.

Not in a naïve kind of way, but in a way that says you don’t need to know it all, you just need to know enough to take that first step, with a commitment to the journey and the path you're on.

It's no doubt a little daunting, because our mind wants certainty, but certainty is manifested in different ways.

What you will realise however is once you muster the courage, it's very light and liberating.

Ultimately freeing you from the shackles of burden, guilt, fear and expectation.

#forward #decisions #Faith

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