Old maps recorded as much as they knew. After they reached the end of their knowledge, they drew sea monsters.
The unknown is dangerous. It’s scary and should not be messed with.
And yet we know we must. Every day is filled with possibilities, and we don’t know what will happen.
On a good day, that’s really exciting and wonderful.
On a bad day, it’s terrifying.
What is going to happen today?
In the world of pandemic today, a whole lot of us know what is going to happen. I am going to stay home. I will take a walk and not breathe the air of anyone but my family.
I don’t know what will happen.
When will this stay-at-home thing be lifted? What will this disease do? And what will happen to the world because of our measures? What businesses and what people will be left?
I don’t know. No one knows yet.
In my job, I have to take high-powered executives through the process of a project. Something they want done needs to go through the process from start to finish. And always always there is a snag along the way. Something that we didn’t expect.
It’s my job to take that unknown and wrestle it into the plan. But while it is still unknown I have to talk to all the people working on it. The high-powered execs want to know “What is going on and will you fix it?”
I have to make the unknown look small and fixable. Mostly this is done in two ways:
Review what has already been successfully completed
Pick the very next task to work on
I spend a lot of time and energy on this for my customers at work. I am resolving to do it for myself too. I don’t have to do all of it today. Just the next thing. Look how I’ve already come so far!