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January 29, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Tao of Order and Chaos

Have you ever looked around at the universe and wondered how does it keep going?  There is so much going on in it, and why do all of these bad things happen?  It can be easy to get discouraged when you are looking at the world.  It seems very random and chaotic.  The truth is that the universe is chaotic from a certain point of view.

Yet at the same time, when we dissect life.  Whether we are looking at a tree, an animal or even a human cadaver, we see Order.  The universe screams order and process.  Regardless of your worldview order pervades.

A world rooted in order that is seemingly chaotic, which is it?  If you said its both, you’re RIGHT!

Its like being at a party so to speak.  You have the host, greeting guests, making sure everything is running right in the kitchen and doing various other tasks.  You have the guests talking and interacting, while that is going on their bodies are operating, walking, talking, digesting, etc.  You have fans and HVAC systems running in the house, you have food while fresh slowly breaking down, waiting to be eaten.  If the host has children the children might run through and provide the guests with a little floor show.  And there are a thousand other “operations” or “programs” running in the background we do not see.

Most of us aren’t aware of this at a party, we are focused on enjoying the environment and the other people.  Chaotic as it seems, order is there.

It is chaotic only because there are so many ordered systems running at the same time.

What does this mean for us?  Like the host who facilitated the party, made the food, invited the people and had a great time.  So it is with us.

Our lives may seem determined, random, and chaotic, but it is only because we perceive them be that way.  We can and must become the architects of our own lives.  We start by looking at the kind of life we want, and then we figure out what it will take to get there, and the we do it, day in, day out, regardless of failure, set back, problem or obstacle.

We create and follow processes that will bring about long term success, and look for opportunities to accelerate our growth.

The biggest leverage to this is to develop resilience to adversity.  Which will be the topic of another post.

What would creating and implementing processes make possible for you?

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  1. matt ruefer / Jan 29 2013 9:49 am

    We think a lot a like dale. I just didnt have the words to express my thoughts. I also believe that willpower and positive thinking are the first step towards managing our seemingly chaotic lives. Renee descartes made the statement i think therefore i am. How profound a statement is that? That to me is a statement of willpower. We can create anything in our mind and our own failures as well.

    • Dale Melchin / Feb 1 2013 2:48 pm

      And as with anything willpower and positive thinking are cultivated through processes. In my mind those processes are achieve through meditation and allowing ourselves to fail and then get back on the horse.

      I think the main problem with a lot of people and you and I both see these kinds of people b/c of the place we work at that people are conditioned to be negative, entitled and take no ownership of their lives.

      I think and you may agree with me is that a more basic approach needs to be taken to rewrite our stories so that we can become more successful.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Matt. See you soon!

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