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Amidst The Chaos…

 

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!

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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.
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Erin | The Law Student's Wife

Monday 13th of October 2014

I love how open and honest your posts always are. I wish you peace amongst the chaos, and many more wonderful things ahead!!

Shashi

Monday 13th of October 2014

Aww - thanks Erin! I wish Ben and you many wonderful things ahead in y'alls new-old home too, sweet lady!

Helen @ Scrummy Lane

Monday 13th of October 2014

Such an interesting take on chaos, Shashi, and so so relevant for me this week. I'm moving, too, and trying to begin to settle in a new country ... again. So, I totally get how you must be feeling. Moving is chaotic and exhausting, even if you're 'just' helping someone else. It's true though that chaos means that something is happening, and that means you are moving forward and experiencing things. I suppose the opposite is complete boredom ... lol!

Shashi

Monday 13th of October 2014

Moving to a new country is no joke, Helen!!! I sure hope you are settled - in my mom's case, we were moving her from the apartment she and my dad shared to another on another flour - in the same building - loads to do, but way way less chaotic than moving to a new country!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

Monday 13th of October 2014

I definitely grow and get stretched every time there's chaos or crises that arise. Now when crisis hits, I try to see the good in it and look forward to what I'll learn through the process. It's not easy when you're in the thick of things, but when you come out the other end, it's a blessing.

Shashi

Monday 13th of October 2014

Way to go, Jeanette - you sure are right, it's very hard to spot the positive sometimes - but when we do - it's truly a mind altering blessing!

hipfoodiemom

Monday 13th of October 2014

Thank you so much for sharing this! It's refreshing to read some inspiration amidst the chaos in everyone's daily life. . your mother must be so thankful for you and I love your amazing attitude. That you are able to see the positives during and after all of this. I'm a big believer that your attitude shapes who you are and having a good one, especially through the hard times, is the best thing you can do. I esp love that you said all of this has brought more meaningful and deep conversations with my daughter. That is truly wonderful. Hope you are well my friend!

Shashi

Monday 13th of October 2014

Oh Alice - thanks so so much - I am so moved by your kind comment. I am well - over the chaos-hump - I hope all's well with you too my friend, and your week is off to a wonderful start.

Mike @TheIronYou

Monday 13th of October 2014

Nietzsche said that "You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Is there anything more to add? :)

Shashi

Monday 13th of October 2014

...And this is why - in-spite of our differences on trashy desserts and beets - we are still friends! :)