I was sitting outside early Sunday, chatting with my dad. It was a beautiful morning, just cool enough to really enjoy a hot cup of coffee without needing a jacket. We admired the glassy surface of the lake, listened to the birds chirping away and watched the squirrels make their way from branch to branch. We talked about work and life and all those big, abstract what-ifs that have a special ability to weigh heavy on our (my) minds.
Mid-conversation, one particularly daring squirrel caught my eye with his giant leap from one tree to another. I was so impressed that I said out loud, "How do they know they won't fall??"
"They're designed for that," my dad said, matter-of-factly.
It was a download moment. Suddenly, I realized we are no different. Just like the squirrels (yes, the squirrels), destined to jump from tree to tree, so am I built to navigate life's unknowns.
Sometimes my greatest enemy is indecision. It's a one-two punch of not knowing the 'right' answer, and then beating myself up for not being able to make a move. Since that simple observation on the deck, I've been able to ease up a bit on the second hit. It's okay to not know all the answers right away. They will come. We are designed to find them and to let life unfold.