Fixed Mind

September 5, 2004

We like certainty. We would love to live in a world where
things are predictable. Or do we?

Our behavior seems to support the idea of predictable life.
We do not like to change, and we like surprises even less so.
We are comfortable with our ordinary lives and our daily rou-
tines and events. We feel that we are in control of our lives.
We can manage life.

But all this is an illusion. We are only fooling ourselves.
Nothing is the same, ever. We create the static picture in our
mind and refuse to observe the world as it is. And the idea of
being in control lasts as long as anything outside of our com-
fort zone does not happen.

Why is it so difficult to adopt and accept that everything
flows? We use lots of energy to categorize and squeeze our
perception of the world into a frame and into predictable pat-
terns. We create expectations and illusions, which are always
broken. And then we get disappointed. Again and again.

How about accepting the uncomfortable fact that we are
not in control? Just take life as it comes, without any expecta-
tions—humbly. Less sorrow and far fewer surprises.
Everything is new, and nothing is surprising. Every day is an
adventure and brings something new and exciting. No need to
fear anything since uncertainty and change are realized facts of
living, like breathing. One can worry less and concentrate
more on living. One moment at time with a flexible mind.

This is the original text, and an edited version can be found in the Fragments of Reality -book.