Should we love uncertainty?

road work sign
Yesterday in our front yard. Can road work employees consider their work art? Should they?


Art rarely can be scaled for a production line.

Yet Apple does it with the iPhone.

However, art, for mere mortals like you and me, cannot be scaled.

But is can be replicated in original ways every single day.

It’s called passion.

A calling.

A drive to do the ordinary in extra-ordinary ways.

And each day because we begin anew, we can never be sure of our finished product.

Sometimes we fall short, or even fail.

And this is beautiful.

It reminds us of how uncertain art can be.

Art always carries risk.

And the minute we try to remove uncertainty from our art, something dies.

Removing uncertainty destroys the thing we originally fell in love with.

Whatever we do today, it won’t be the result that makes it magic, it will be the uncertainty.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.


How can we reach midlife and not know why we are on this planet?

SoundHound searching


(photo: yesterday at Allen’s Ice Cream and Coffee in Windermere, FL… having breakfast and using SoundHound to identify a song)

We are all searching. Even those denying it.

To admit we are still searching is not inherently bad.

Why then do some deny the midlife searching?

Great question, and the answer is revealing.

Searching isn’t bad if you know what you’re looking for.

The embarrassment and guilt that could cause denial is from not knowing what to search for.

How can we reach midlife and not know why we are on this planet?

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