I like going with working assumptions.
The stuff we know are working assumptions.
They can be changed. They might stay the same.
But the stuff we don’t know yet ,we don’t know yet.
Considering we can only predict the future based upon working assumptions but we can’t ACTUALLY predict the future per se [unless we’re blinded by the emotion of certainty] – there must be more possibilities ahead of us.
Of course there are also possibilities in the past as well, as we don’t have a full knowledge of the past, even our own – just stories carried forward that are plausible.
And the present moment? That’s got its own set of dilemmas. We anticipate, we witness whether our expectations meet with the results, we have cognitive dissonance and then try to resolve it, and in the process we tell ourselves a quick story about “what’s happening now” – all around the 400ms mark in our brain as we travel through this experience we’re all in that’s unique to each of us, yet shared in that we understand the difficulties it can create.
So for me, working assumptions works. The rest is the realm of possibilities. I’d say most things lie in the realm of possibilities, outside of our working assumptions, which may be many, but not all.
After all, are we not surprised at things that are novel until after we’ve explained to ourselves (or had explained to us) ‘what just happened?”