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Repost from @goodlifeproject • [art @charliemackesy] Anxious times. I get it. Back in 2011, I published a book called Uncertainty. One of the things I described was something I call "Certainty Anchors."⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It’s about creating and sustaining experiences, activities and moments, rituals and habits, that serve as psychological anchors no matter what else remains groundless.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Thought it might be helpful to share a short excerpt. It’s couched in the context of creative endeavors, but I’d invite you to read it in the context of the broader moment we’re in:⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "A certainty anchor is a practice or process that adds something known and reliable to your life when you may otherwise feel you’re spinning off in a million different directions. Rituals and routines can function as certainty anchors; their power comes from the simple fact that they are always there. They are grounding experiences to which you can always return, no matter what’s going on. Their consistency makes them effective tools to counter the anxiety that comes not only from living in uncertain times, but from embracing endeavors that ramp uncertainty even higher.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For the creator, whose very existence depends on the ability to spend vast amounts of time living and operating in the ethereal sea of uncertainty and anxiety that is creation, rituals in every part of life serve as a source of psychic bedrock. They provide just enough of a foundation to allow you to free up that part of your brain that needs permission to run unencumbered in the quest to create the greatest possible something from nothing."⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Broader lifestyle routines serve as a salve to calm a bit of the anxiety of creation and to drop an anchor to which we can tether our creative lines, knowing we can float higher up into the clouds and stay there longer, trusting that we’ll be able to find our way down.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ My invitation, for now, is to explore deepening your commitment to existing Certainty Anchors and, if you don’t have any right now, explore simple ways to create and integrate them into your daily life.

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