A friend tells the story of her son. He had finished college, and was at the part in his life of finding ajob in his chosen field. His mother was expressing her worry for him in finding a position. Her concern for him not yet having a job.
He told her, “I’m energized by the mystery”, of not yet knowing what he was destined to do. And, he didn’t just state that; he declared it, peacefully and resolutely.
How many of us can say that on any given day, whether we anticipate our lives to have joy or doom right around the corner. We often want to skip ahead in the book to see how it ends. We often don’t want mystery, we want our lives spelled out so that there are no surprises.
However, we now fully that life doesn’t work that way. Life is full of surprises.
Life is truly a mystery.
I mean, if we really think about it, any given moment beyond the one that we are in right now is an unknown. Life, in all its wonder, splendor, and frustration, may have in store for us events that were never part of our plans.
We can plot all that we like, set our course in the direction that we want, or think that we should go. we can sign a contract or make a vow, or simply resign ourselves to the future of our lives as we want it to be.
Yet, it remains a mystery. No matter what we may want, life finds a way of turning that on its head at times. And, the thing of mysteries, is that we can resist them, try to predict them, or curse against them.
We can get energized, energized by all of the possibilities in that mystery. Because, often, the unknown means that just about ANYTHING could happen.
Our dreams. Our goals. Our desires.
Now THAT to me, is living.