One of the children needed some help with probabilities in her math homework this week. She was having a hard time understanding mathematical formulas on the page in her workbook. To help her grasp the concept of “likelihoods” I had to rephrase the question and put it in terms that she would understand.
Annie read me the quote above by Deepak Chopra, which got me thinking about what I am and was focused on. Am I focused on the outcome or am I truly focused on the pattern and the process?
What exactly am I focused on these days?
Behind the scenes, probabilities play out every day of our lives, while most of us stay stubbornly focused on outcomes. Many of us it would seem, have forgotten what we learned in our grade-three math class. We need to remember that the desired outcome, otherwise known as a probability can only be achieved if there is a favourable pattern. For a favourable pattern to emerge according to Deepak, we must learn to practice detachment.
To live our lives with detachment requires us to live within the framework of the wisdom of uncertainty.
Here are some of Deepak’s principals of detachment:
- I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are.
- I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be.
- I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems.
- I will participate in everything with detached involvement.
These few steps will allow us to step onto the field of infinite possibilities.
I’me ready to play ball are you?