Unknown vs Mystery

“Happiness means that we’ve let go of our expectations of how things should be and learned to dance with the uncertainty of how things are.”

“Have you learned to accept and even love your “fate” yet, or do believe that things shouldn’t be happening the way they are?

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever … happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment–not discouragement–you will find the strength is there.” From “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.”” –Dennis Lewis

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ― Anaïs Nin

When you hear mystery do you feel differently about that word than unknown? Labor and birth is a mystery. There are unknowns but I prefer to think about it as a mystery. Just like I go on adventures with my husband rather than excursions- there is an element of fun and intrigue in a mystery. You realize that you can not control all things. You realize you can not predict all the pieces that unfold in a labor and birth. But you can be fully prepared to make great decisions that are the right decisions for you. You can be filled with knowledge and the ability to ask questions that will give you the answer. You can be fully supported by your team. And if you have a birth that is different than the one you visualized, you can still say, I was empowered by the experience. You will find your strength. You will grow from the experience.