uncertainty principle

I’m in reflective mode today, on my patio, among my plants, pondering my life choices. Now giving thanks to Heisenberg and his thought experiment for developing the uncertainty principle, which is shaking me out of this malaise.

Very basically stated, from initial conditions, there is a limit to the accuracy with which one can predict an outcome. The application is not limited to physics and mathematics, there are important implications for research, the therapist in session, and indeed, to all human interactions.

Unconsciously and unintentionally, you influence the outcome of interactions with others, communicating your feelings without realizing you have done so.

I have decided to extend the uncertainty principle to my past life choices. Although I have attempted to be wise, due to unforeseen obstacles, my outcomes have not been that which I had predicted and anticipated.

Thankfully, this insight has allowed me to stop ruminating about other roads I could have taken, giving thanks for the mysteriousness of this life we are living. I am off to re-read one of my favorite books, M. Scott Peck’s, The Road Less Traveled, “a spiritual and intellectual masterpiece.”  

l leave you today with one of my favorite poems,

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
Two roads diverged into a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

2 responses to “uncertainty principle”

  1. Thats my favourite poem too !

    Nice reflective sessions for you.


    1. thank you for your kindness!

      Liked by 1 person

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