I have heard it said that “life is not a guessing game.” I am not so sure. Without some guessing life can grind to a halt and progress can stop. It is a mistake to become inactive because you are unsure. Do what you think is right and your directions will become plain in time. I think they call this, steps of faith. Yet, like most truths; common sense should prevail. If you are on the edge of a cliff; don’t guess! Unless you want to wind up at the bottom of a ravine, with a splat.
Still, the point of this G.U.T.S. installment is that allowing uncertainty to lure you into inaction or apathy is a real danger. It is important to know. But it is also important to trust your best guess. Many discoveries would have never been made, if all the facts had to be known before experiments were tried. Clear and complete knowledge is desireable but trial and error are preferable to lethargy.
It is important at times to “guess.” In business there are “W.A.G.’s.” (wild ass guess’s)… I try not to let people get by with these; unless they tell me up front, that’s what they are doing. There are also “S.W.A.G.’s.” (scientific wild ass guess’s)… and I use quite a few of those myself. And most often, I am right.. At least a high enough percentage of the time, that it would prove to be the wrong thing, to be lured into inaction; … when I have at least an “educated opinion.” If you get in the middle of the street, one place is always wrong “to stay where you are at.” Sometimes the best advice is DO SOMETHING!
Don’t sit around and do nothing, because of uncertainty. If this was the rule of life; no marriage would ever be formed. No child would ever be born. Few wonders would ever be discovered. Few marvels would ever occur.
The day before my father died, I just “felt like” I needed to leave my home in Florida and come to NC. It was just a hunch, an instinct, a guess. It was not based on any evidence or knowledge. Yet this “gut feeling” proved to be truer than what I knew to be true… I am glad I followed my hunch that day. Because I did; I got to spend my father’s last day alive, enjoying him.
Remember, your spirit can know things that it is impossible for your mind to understand. Sometimes “a hunch” can be even more accurate, than what you think you know. I have learned to trust my hunches. Spider-man had spidey sense; it aided him in knowing when danger was lurking. I have discovered that I have my own version of spidey-sense. But that is a BEAM for a different day.