What If We Embrace the Unknown?

Sure, it’s nice to “know it all.” Yep, it can be a little disconcerting to NOT know what we’re doing, where we’re going, or how to get there. But what if we take a moment on this #WhatIfWednesday to celebrate the “not knowing”?

As I watched the landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover and those first incredible pictures of another planet, it made me wonder:

  • What if we could approach the unknowns in our own lives with eagerness and enthusiasm?
  • What if we celebrate the curiosity that leads us into uncharted territory?
  • What if all of our growth and expansion lives today in the realm of what we do not yet know?

As the first photos of Mars were being transmitted to Master Control, one very emotional engineer said these words:

This is really amazing. We even know where we landed. We figured it out. NASA works. When we put our hearts together, and our hands together, and our brains together, we can succeed. This is what we can do as a country for all of the problems we have. We need to work together. Persevere. Persevere.

Yes, there are still a LOT of unknowns billowing around us. What if we take a lesson from our rocket scientists?

Persevere. New discoveries are on your horizon.

How do YOU embrace the unknown?


Mendhi Audlin
Mendhi Audlin
Mendhi Audlin is the founder and CEO of “The What If UP Club,” inspiring people to initiate and sustain positive changes in their lives and in the world. She is the author of “What If It All Goes RIGHT? Creating a New World of Peace, Prosperity & Possibility” and is the host of “The What If UP! Podcast with Mendhi Audlin.” Mendhi Audlin specializes in working with small groups and teams to inspire creative problem-solving, increase cultural resilience, and encourage proactive innovation. Her TeamUP! Challenges™ bring people together for deepening connections, networking, personal growth, and community-inspired service. Additionally, Mendhi dedicates her time to training and supporting her team of certified “What If” UP Certified Group Leaders & Facilitators to bring her proprietary “What If” UP™ process into coaching practices, retreat environments, and mastermind groups around the world. Mendhi enjoys delivering both live and virtual keynote presentations and serving as a breakout session facilitator for organizations including Rotary International (District Conferences), The World Bank, The US House of Representatives, Outward Bound Professional, Career Track Seminars, Unity Worldwide Ministries, as well as countless leadership programs for women’s retreats, student leadership conferences, and non-profit groups. She is the founder of the Unity.FM Online Radio Network and served as a Spiritual Leader and Small Groups consultant for the New Thought Movement as well as an advisor to the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT). She authored the book “Let It Begin with Me: 21 Voices of the New Peace Movement” in partnership with Unity Publishing as part of her top-rated radio program, The Leading Edge. Having earned a degree in broadcast journalism and English from Texas Tech University, Audlin spent her early career as a radio personality in New York, Dallas, and Austin. She went on to earn a certificate in Executive Leadership from American University, as well as certifications as an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, and Passion Test Facilitator. She currently lives in the mountains outside of Denver, Colorado.

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  1. Mendhi.

    Your post moved my heart and imagination.

    In the Johari Window we know there are unknown knowns and unknown unknowns.
    The linkage to Mars landing and the quote of the astronaut and your deep thoughts make this post a wonderful and meaningful post.

    Your quote also reminds me of Dennis Pitocco and his noble call for the unity of humanity. He could easily borrow these words “When we put our hearts together, and our hands together, and our brains together, we can succeed,”

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  2. Mendhi, I have always lived my life wondering what was around the next bend, the closed door over the next hill. I spend the summer of 69 hitchhiking all over the south working in tobacco, cotton and orange groves. I always wonder what if !!!