September 17, 2020

“There are Years that Ask Questions and Years that Answer”

We’ve all had years that have asked us questions: we’ve gotten married or divorced, a parent has died, we’ve lost a job, illness has manifested, children have arrived…

But I’m guessing that never before has the entire world been asked—almost every day—more questions than could ever be answered.

Thanks, 2020.

Why am I bringing up this quote from Zora Neale Hurston today?

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m fatigued; by the questions, by the uncertainty, by the misinformation.

By the election.

It’s not that I wasn’t overwhelmed by it before, but the last few days the fatigue has been a stark contrast to September’s usual temperatures and back-to-school-no-matter-how-long-you’ve-been-out-of-school vibe.

I mention it on the off chance you’ve been feeling the same.

Now it’s possible you’re reading this and thinking,

“Well thanks, Frances, for mentioning it but you’re supposed to be the Wow-lady. What am I supposed to do about it?”

My primary suggestion?

Acknowledge that you don’t know.

I don’t.

And I’ve discovered that it feels good to say so.

“I don’t know,” helps me exhale which clears my head… giving me more mental wiggle room.

If you’ve been feeling the same—give it a try.

 

For more on the value of not knowing, take a look at, “Sell Your Cleverness and Buy Bewilderment”

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