What to Do With All of the Uncertainty

In a story, about a boy, who hates that his life is always so uncertain because his parents are often on the brink of losing everything, he has a friend come along and offer him a different perspective.

“Look.” Marisol knelt down to scratch Beans (a dog) behind the ear. “We don’t know everything. I don’t know why my brothers feel the need to burp the alphabet. I don’t know why I like to build things. I don’t know why there are no rainbow M&M’s. Why do you have to understand everything, Jackson? I like not knowing everything. It makes things more interesting.” -Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Maybe we don’t want to live with uncertainty, but when we can’t do anything about it, what’s more helpful: A) resisting the uncertainty, and being afraid of what may or may not happen, or B) call it an adventure, and remember something bad could happen, but so could something good?

It’s not necessarily easy to choose the adventure. Our brains more easily go to the negative and resisting of the uncertainty. But it IS an option to take a different perspective. And it’s much more helpful.

“Fun fact, Jackson. You can’t see sound waves, but you can hear music.” -Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


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