What to Do When You’re Drowning in Chaos
You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star. -Friedrich Nietzsche
As we enter the long days of summer, we begin to feel caught up in a whirlwind of activities. There’s still work going on, there’s the part-time activities we signed up for this season, there’s all the commitments of our families and friends- the lists go on. We can get caught up in the momentum. We can become disorganized. It’s inevitable.
But don’t drown in the chaos! Observe with ease the multitude of offerings that a busy life can bring. Take advantage of good weather, high spirits, and the flexibility of the season to try new things and enjoy the activities. It is a blessing to have so much momentum.
Chaotic environments are necessary in propelling innovative actions and disruptions that lead to transformations. Whether you recognize it or not, now is the time to capitalize on opportunities. Chaos is an opportunity for change. It inspires change, whether we want it or not. So use this to your advantage, and learn to embrace the unpredictability. Do not value clarity because it may only be an illusion of control. True control comes from dealing with the situation at hand and being able to shape the outcome for the better.
From the beginning of time, people have been trying to create certainty from chaos. Scientists endeavor to find the origins of the universe; explorers seek to fill the gaps in our geographical knowledge; physicians and psychologists strive to put the body and mind back together as we deteriorate over time. We want to know that our religious beliefs are true, that our government will protect us and enable opportunities for us, and that our parents believe in us. Basically, we seek certainty.
But if we were certain about everything, what would we seek? What would we endeavor to change? What would we challenge ourselves to create? How would we try to make the world better?
That chaos around us is our inspiration. It’s a compelling call to action. This whirlwind of activities in these long days of summer is a message asking us to be more brave, try more things, connect with more people, and engage in our world a little bit more. Don’t drown in the momentum. Think bigger about your opportunities.
- Chaos & Adaptation