Polarity Management

March 16th, 2018

Group Reading

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. ~ Gilda Radner

One- Embrace relational uncertainty. All- It’s called romance.
One- Embrace spiritual uncertainty. All- It’s called mystery.

One- Embrace emotional uncertainty.
All- It’s called joy.
One- Embrace intellectual uncertainty.
All- It’s called revelation. ~ Mark Batterson

Quotes & Readings

“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.” ~ Richard P. Feynman

““Polarities to manage are sets of opposites that can’t function well independently. Because the two sides of a polarity are interdependent, you cannot choose one as a “solution” and neglect the other. The objective of the Polarity Management perspective is to get the best of both opposites while avoiding the limits of each. Instead of contradicting each other’s view, the task is to supplement each other’s view in order to see the whole picture. Each of them has key pieces to the puzzle. Paradoxically, opposition becomes resource.” ~ Barry Johnson, Polarity Management, Identifying and Managing Unmanageable Problems

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rilke

Seed of Ambiguity

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most resilient and responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

Say together: Content with ambiguity, we seek to love the questions and unknowns of life.

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