STUFF HAPPENS, as the saying goes. Sometimes, things just don’t go our way, and we have to regroup and start anew.
But, it’s all part of living, isn’t it?
Living With Chaos Is Unavoidable
The reality is that most of us live and survive in an arena of disorder every day, at least to some extent.
- Plans don’t live up to our expectations.
- Things go wrong.
- Life, sometimes, feels as if it’s spiraling out of control—often through no fault of our own.
Chaos and disorder, however, often propels us into new, positive, and creative directions.
Order from Disorder
Anyone involved in the creative arts—such as painters, writers, musicians, filmmakers, sculptors, and others–are always dancing with chaos—creating order from disorder.
- Painters, for example, splash a canvas with a myriad of colors, dissimilar sweeps, shapes and swirls. But, somehow, their brushstrokes evolve into order and beauty—depending, of course, on whose eyes are doing the viewing.
- Musicians often allow their compositions to scamper off in discordant directions before harnessing them into sounds of emotional harmony.
- Writers survive by performing their own dance with chaos—playing with ideas, concepts, and word choices before molding them into cohesive expressions of fact or fiction.
Rainbow of Chaos
French painter Paul Cezanne, wrote, We live in a rainbow of chaos. I was struck by the impact of these seven words because of their simplicity and meaning.
When chaos intrudes on the orderly part of our lives, the best thing to do is acknowledge it, take a deep breath, regroup, and start anew.
New Beginnings Emerge from Disorder
As a close friend kept reminding me, during a particularly difficult period, “You just have to keep moving on.”
Plodding forward is important.
Sometimes, we get stuck in the mud of the past. It’s okay to look back because the past often provides lessons that help us embrace the future.
Just don’t hide there.
The key is to move on with the confidence, or belief, that each new morning represents a fresh beginning.