• Steve Martin

The Art of Unpredictability

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

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We are in the midst of the “great pause”.  Every one of us has been thrown into a new reality – a new world – a new opportunity.


We should have known that SOMETHING was coming.


Remy, the chef in Disney’s movie “Ratatouille” tells us that “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.”


This is a big one alright – but, if you think through your life, you have been thrown a lot of curveballs – steps in life that you didn’t see coming and that you probably didn’t want.  You got fired.  You got divorced.  The house you really wanted ended up being sold to someone else.  You didn’t get into the college you wanted.  You didn’t get the job you “really” wanted.  You lost a game of Monopoly to your little brother.  You broke your leg skiing.


No matter how hard you wish it were not true, the world IS different that you had hoped.


OK- now what?  How are YOU going to take advantage of this opportunity?  Can you figure out how to make this the best thing that ever happened to you?


Writer and counselor Craig Lounsbrough has said “Sometimes chaos is the very thing that deliberately shakes up our neatly ordered world’s in order to get us out of the neatly ordered ruts that have kept us stuck.”


Are you shaken up yet?  Are there any neatly-ordered ruts that you want to get out of?  This may be the time to make those changes.


Is it time to:

  1. Take up a new hobby

  2. Get life simplified (as you have been talking about for a decade)

  3. Write the book you have been dreaming of writing

  4. Read the Great Books

  5. Write the letters that you have been meaning to write

  6. Learn a new language

  7. Explore your creativity

  8. Turn off the TV

  9. Learn to meditate

The good news is that technology allows us to learn just about anything from the best in that field.

In her book, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem, Suzy Kassem says: “The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours is your ultimate art.”

Take a few steps in this unpredictability!

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