Not knowing what is going to happen next is something the human brain does not handle very well. The mind can’t rest until the outcome is certain. Certainty, however, is never fully attainable — which is why the human coping mechanism is so fascinating.
Armed with our unique ability to consider alternate realities, imagination allows us to come up with compelling stories that are designed to satisfy our inability to handle the unknown. The mind is easily pulled away from the moment in search of comfort and safety.
Change is scary, and each second that passes moves us one more step into the unknown. But when we learn to embrace uncertainty, we are opening up the door for new and exciting opportunities: things that we have never known, and amazing potential that we didn’t even know existed.
Letting go of the need to know what will happen next means being able to detach from the outcome. Now there is room to maneuver that is not confined by the barriers of past experiences and current expectations of how things are supposed to be.
Here are some profound words from some of the most inspiring scientists and philosophers about embracing life changes: the constant movement of nature and life.
Quotes About Life Changes
“It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.”
Pema Chodron American Tibetan Buddhist
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”
Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) – 16th Emperor of the Roman Empire / Philosopher
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English Naturalist
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher
“Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.”
Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens
“Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”
Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.
“Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.”
Deepak Chopra – Indian American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate
“The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.”
Eckhart Tolle – author of The Power of Now
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
Albert Einstein, The World As I See It
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Playwright