Certainty brings assurance. Uncertainty is disconcerting, but it brings with it the possibility of change.
This is the paradox of human existence – we deliberately seek certainty in our lives, but it is only in times of uncertainty that we open ourselves up to the possibility of change. It is hard for us as human beings, and harder still as educators, to allow uncertainty into our lives. It is hard to deliberately open our minds to the possibility that our position and our understanding of the world is not as sure as we believed it was. That maybe what we have accepted as certain is in fact not so certain. That maybe our minds have been playing games with us all along – we have consciously believed something whilst unconsciously holding on to something completely different. What we thought was certain, is actually not so certain.
If we heed Sue’s call to embark on a journey that may reveal what has long been unconscious, it will disturb our certainty. But this is necessary if we are to step into the space that allows for personal, and through this, professional growth.