“Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding.’”
– Werner Heisenberg
We often hear the terms “game face” and “poker face” as to the countenance we are to assume when moving into particular arenas and what we want to accomplish while on the field.
But what about when we are placed on playing fields we don’t understand and, therefore, don’t know what we want to accomplish…or even IF there is something to accomplish there?
I’m speaking of that great and mostly avoided turf called “the unknown”.
We avoid any opportunity to play those games like the plague! Especially as we move into the latter, second-half years of life by when we have made LOTS of decisions as to who we are, how the world is, what’s really possible for us and our life, etc.
We tend to make permanent residence in the comfortable and known, because we’ve played (our safety-seeking voice says) “too much or too haphazardly in the past and got hurt, burned or, sure as hell, didn’t look good.” Failure and its cousins – such as not looking good, making a mistake, appearing to not already “know” how to do something – become not only unwelcomed guests but wanted-poster criminals to be shot on site.
The Back Forty is founded on a philosophy that we (the Founders) and you have yet to do what we came here to do. No matter what we may have achieved in the first half of life, we say our biggest hand and most purposeful game is yet to be played.
On that playing field, we suggest that Faith-Face is the countenance to assume while playing, and that looking for and diving into “the unknown”s of ourselves, our world and what’s possible for us is where the score really matters.
If you’re really playing a Back Forty Big Game as your future, you will want to explore who you are beyond the decisions you’ve made from life’s first half of research and development. You’ll want to question the fixedness (can you say atrophy?) that comes from attitudes about people and the world that you arrived at from the game’s bumps and bruises. And you’ll want to give your Self the opportunity to discover – from all of that first half R & D – your Formula of Unique Self Expression (FUSE) that only you could concoct given the particular life and times you’ve led.
We say that everything that has occurred, is occurring, or will occur in your life are the PERFECT and EXACT elements necessary to position you to be or do what you came here to be or do.
So, approaching the absolutely requisite unknown with Faith-Face forward is the quickest way to capitalize on your research.
Where can you embrace and faith-face the unknown in your life and times today? For what reason is life EXACTLY the way it is right now to enable you to be and do what you came here to be and do?
Join us in this exciting exploration into the unknown of what lies in your own Back Forty. It’s time to be surprised at what you’ve discovered about your Self.
“It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.”
– Alan Rickman