Allis Wellis returned again and again to a basic truth: All Is Well. Julian of Norwich (of Juliana as Wikipedia states) is credited with the following invocation, prayer, or reading: “All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.” Taken in or out of context of Christian theology, of which Julian of Norwich is well-known for her exceptional devotion and faith, the clarity, wisdom and strength that this mantra offers Allis Wellis is profound.
Collectively we all seem to be facing certain perils: climate crisis, pandemic, economic instability, deaths of despair. The level of uncertainty that we are confronted with on the daily seems endless and many are growing weary of living one day at a time without knowing what to expect next. This is one of the most unsettling, even traumatic, experiences humans can experience: not knowing what’s coming next and not knowing how long this feeling of chronic uncertainty will last.
But, as American Author Ursula K. Leguin once said: “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertaintly; not knowing what comes next.” Combining the wisdom of these two very different women who lived at very different times and went through very different life struggles, Allis Wellis continuously returns to a basic, perhaps universal, truth that a steady belief in the overall wellness of things in the face of the steady uncertainty of all things is the sweet spot of a well-lived life.