My good friend, Merriam Webster, refers to chaos as: “complete confusion and disorder : a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything : the state of the universe before there was any order and before stars and planets were formed“
Popular belief is, if we were to be constantly saturated in “complete confusion and disorder”, it is hard to fathom how we could function. I remember when I was a teen, my mom would often take a look at my desk which was always a chaotic mess of sketches and homework and fiction and mutter how on earth I could do anything with that mess in front of me.
More recently, chaos has taken on a different form. These past four weeks I have been juggling trying to help my mom pack and move from the home she shared with my dad (as she is heartbroken to stay there after he passed), while making sure my daughter had what she needed, and was where she needed to be, while juggling work and personal deadlines.
There were days when I felt I was sitting, but was really standing; days when I would run into the grocery store, only to realize I really needed to be at the gas station; days when I found myself trying to take a nap while standing in line at the grocery store! Six hours of sleep became such a guilty pleasure and the only thing that kept my energy up were my sweaty workouts! Yes, these past four weeks have been full of chaos; and, while I am looking forward to this next period of relative calm, I realize that it was in this season of chaos that I learned more and did more.
In fact – every season of complete confusion and disorder for me has resulted in…more…more learning and more doing…and more results…
This season of chaos had me see my mom luagh after my dad passed, it brought more meaningful and deep conversations with my daughter on boys and college and it brought with it some incredible partnerships with Weave Media, BlogHer, Collective Bias/Social Fabric and I got to feature my beloved beet recipes which so far have been: beet bars, beat crust pizza, rosemary infused breakfast pizza and chocolate beet cups on FitFluential!
Then today, I received an email with this video – it is a snippet of wisdom by John Maxwell on his positive take on chaos.
Do you think chaos can be positive? Negative? Taxing? Enlightening? I would so love to hear your thoughts…
Thanks for listening to my thoughts-out-loud today, and thank you Amanda @ Running With Spoons for hosting my ramblings.