Posts Tagged With: dealing with uncertainty

Day 1120: More fortune telling

Fortune telling — as my regular readers might be fortunate enough to tell — is a very common “cognitive distortion.”

Fortune telling.
We believe we know what the future holds, as if we have psychic powers. We make negative predictions, feeling convinced these are unavoidable facts. Examples of fortune telling: “I am going to fail,” “This situation will never change.”

I’m fortune telling, now, that this post may get several comments identifying with that very human and pervasive way of thinking.

Why do we so often believe we know what the future holds, as if we have psychic powers?  Maybe it’s because the  uncertainty and the unknown of the future are difficult for us to tolerate.  Maybe we believe we will do better in our lives if we’re prepared for what’s coming.

People who see me for individual and group therapy often express a wish to know the future.  Some of them have visited psychics. Actually, I visited a psychic or two, in my youth.  One of my friends from college regularly did tarot card readings for me.

Lately, I’ve been visiting an online tarot card site. Why?  Because

  • it’s fun,
  • it’s free,
  • I’ll be reconnecting with that tarot-reading friend from college sometime soon, and
  • I like suspending my disbelief, for a few moments, to pretend I know something about the future.

Yesterday, I asked this question of the online tarot cards:

What does the future hold, for my blogging?

And here are the answers:






What do you think of that fortune telling?  It’s my fortune to tell you these things about those cards:

  1. My college friend, Diana, would often reassure me that the “Death” card did NOT mean death, but rather change.
  2. I often tell myself and other people “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
  3. That seems like a pretty positive, hopeful reading, to me.
  4. The fortune telling in those cards may have been affected by somebody else playing with the keyboard when I still needed to choose 2 more cards.


My fortune telling readers might foretell there are some other quickly-snapped photos in their immediate future.

I foresee some wicked cool, new, delicious, magic, fresh, lovely, and rockin’ comments in my future. And I don’t need an online tarot card site to tell me that.

Thanks to all who fortune-tell, including you!

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Day 512: Up in the Air

“Up in the air” means

(of a plan or issue) still to be settled; unresolved.
“the fate of the power station is up in the air”

… according to Google.

Because of the way my mind works, I’m now wondering why the fate of the power station (in the example, above) is up in the air. Perhaps that has to do with what kind of power station it is, where it’s located, and other factors.

I’ll never know. So I guess that’s up in the air, too.

I’ve written before, here, about dealing with uncertainty. Indeed, that’s another possible title for this blog: “The Year(s) of Living With Uncertainty.” Because we all deal with uncertainty, all the time, don’t we?

Right now, you might be up in the air, regarding which uncertainties are on my mind. Right now, I’m aware of uncertainties regarding:

  • health
  • work
  • relationships
  • home

But if we look into the future, uncertainties regarding all those things are always there, in some way, aren’t they? And depending on how we define the scope of each item on the above list, the uncertainties might change.

For example, we might define the scope of “home” to be our residence, our neighborhood, our country, our planet, the universe …

Eeeek!  That felt a little overwhelming.

Here’s another example. I might define my health to include my diet, specifically, what should I eat, this morning, that will (1) give me energy and (2) do no harm — to me or anybody else?

Eeeek!  That felt a little overwhelming.

I also want to let my readers know that — despite my Eeeek!’s — I am not worried about things, right now, despite inevitable uncertainties.

Why not?  Actually, I’m up in the air about that, too.

Let me see if my iPhone photos will give me any clues.

Here’s one:


Yesterday, I included that photo in Day 511: All-request Weekend.  When I took that picture — two days ago in Cambridge MA — I was trying to capture someone who was up in the air, in a different way.

If you look closely at the shadows, I think you’ll see it, too.

Somehow, every time I look at that picture, I am the opposite of worried.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave the “opposite of worried” up in the air, right now. I have to go up in the air and prepare to depart the place where I live.

Wow!  That last sentence is really ambiguous, isn’t it?

Rather than leave you up in the air about that, here’s my meaning: I need to end this post, go upstairs, get ready for work, and leave my home.

Is there more I could write about this?  Of course!  Are there questions unanswered?  Always!

Where ARE all those unexpressed words and thoughts?


Thanks to anything and everybody that’s up in the air, in any way, right now. Oh, and thanks to people who are down-to-earth, too.  Of course, I thank you, especially, for dropping by.

Nope. There are no footnotes, today. While I had a few while composing this post, I moved them all up (in the air).


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