So a basic potted history goes like this;
I was born and 3 years later my father leaves.
4 years later I left the UK to live with my grandparents in the West Indies
5 years later I am back in the UK living with my mother and going to secondary school
3 years later I win a national tv competition that sees me touring for 2 years
I spend 2 years as a session musician before joining OMD and being in that band for 4 years
I leave thinking I am going to be a songwriter and I end up in the Stone Roses for 2 further years
I leave and move to Bristol where I get married and over the course of the past 20 years I have raised 4 children, launched businesses, fought off seemingly insurmountable obstacles, pastored a church, and I am talking to you today.
At every turn in every situation I have sought certainty, and all I have found is uncertainty.
So how can you find certainty in permanently uncertain times?
Well first you need a purpose or a strong why.
A strong why informs how you face every situation and what you do in response to it.
Secondly you need the ability to pause, stop and breathe
Reacting in haste to emotional triggers brought on by uncertainty, can make a mountain out of a molehill.
Pausing gives you the space to ask for divine guidance, because faith is our saving grace in the darkest of moments, and no matter the level of your faith, developing a healthy spiritual relationship will help you greet uncertainty with faith not fear.
Finally, accepting that the the most certain thing in life is that things will change, means that you can live life in a way that means you are always wearing L plates, there will always be something to learn and gives you a better chance of being able to see the bigger picture.
Every happening in our lives good or bad serves a higher purpose, and provides the opportunity to see past the moment and discern the greater meaning of any given situation. You may not understand it in the beginning, but as time goes by, you’ll begin to see the bigger picture falling into perfect order.
As one writer said, we live life forwards, but we understand it backwards.