Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Power of Not Knowing

Julie Holmes

It is my turn to post today.  Did you see Libby's beautiful post yesterday about some of her favorite things?  It's a hard act to follow and I spent most of today knowing I had to write a post and not knowing what I would write about.  As the day went on, I got more frustrated.  What can I say that is of interest?  What can I add that is of value? The answer was just a big...

I Don't Know.

...And then I remembered what someone very dear to me said the first day that I met him.  "It's OK not to know"...in fact he encouraged me to practice "not knowing".  So I took to the web in search of more "not knowing" and found this article for you.  In it, the author Mike Robbins says that

"Being able to embrace not knowing is one of the most important, yet challenging aspects of life and growth. Being okay with not knowing allows us to be creative, open, and willing to live in a state of wonder and possibility, like children do."

He says other worthwhile things too, and I think you might enjoy the article.  If you don't read it, you won't know....and that's totally OK too.  It turns out there is a lot of information on the web about the "zen" of not knowing.

I DO know that for me, interesting posts have pictures that I like looking at.  So I'll leave you with some of those and the hope that when it is my turn to post next, I will have something interesting and valuable to say...but the truth is...I just don't know.






7 comments:

Christine said...

The reminder to admit "I don't know" is a powerful one. Thank you for sharing today!

Artisan Beads Plus said...

What an interesting and valuable message for all of us :o)
MaryAnn

mairedodd said...

thank you, julie -
'i don't know' is freeing for sure -

Libby Leuchtman said...

I think some of my best work comes from "I don't know". I think to admit to it kind of releases you from what you "have to do". Lovely post!

LisaS said...

Well I must admit I am having a little trouble with the concept ;) I can agree that for some things it definatley may be better not to know. But, ignorance is not always bliss and sometimes it can be downright stupid or dangerous.

-Can you tell that I am a parent of teenagers?? ;)

Mary Hicks said...

Years ago, I heard that really intelligent people always want to learn new things because their minds are voracious for new information. I always keep that in mind when presented with something new to learn, even if I am not particularly interested in the topic. Now, I don't consider myself to be really intelligent, but I do think there's something to the saying. Opening up for learning, loving, seeing, caring, makes you happy and wide-eyed and childlike, as you said. It is ok not to know, because you can elect to learn or to just leave it alone!

Stacie said...

Very cool post...and my life has been all about not knowing, but wanting to!!

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