The Value of Uncertainty

As much as we tend to plan out our lives, we never really know what is going to happen in the next ten days, ten minutes or even in the next few seconds. 

I am the type of person who likes to have a schedule. My classroom lessons are planned out almost meticulously in order to follow our curriculum. To increase engagement, I build in "high five partner" time when I encourage students to high five each other and discuss or ponder a question. That spontaneity and unpredictability of not exactly knowing what questions or insights they'll have challenges me to keep thinking on my toes. (Also, who doesn't like high fives?)

Uncertainty challenges us to grow, adapt and be nimble. Learning how to take control of the variability of life and embracing it can make you even stronger than you believed you could be. When I am feeling at a loss of what to do, I turn to my faith and to my family for encouragement. I watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where she gave this piece of advice - if you can make it through the next ten seconds, you can make it through anything. Find what grounds you and gives you strength - and just count to ten.