Chaos versus Order

improved self-image While walking in the forest I got this idea that the true nature of things is chaos. Things keep changing. And the nature of human beings is to fight the chaos and bring order.

Unless we do some tying up, garbage and dust keep piling up in our apartments. Unless we take care of our health it deteriorates over years. Our brain is built in such a way that it produces negative thoughts without any effort. It takes a lot of effort to produce optimistic and common sense thoughts though. The thinking patterns of fear and anger are particularly strong these days. It takes a lot of mental work to stay afloat. It helps to chat with cheerful people, but still there is a lot of catastrophic reporting on the news and one cannot help running into pessimists and glass-is-half-empty people.

Negative thoughts grow like weeds. Unless we pull out the weeds, we will not be able to grow much vegetables in our garden, both verbatim and metaphorically. Even the houses we build deteriorate over time. After a few decades they are ready for renovation. Love relationships that last take work too. Little misunderstandings will grow into insurmountable problems, if we do not take of them day by day. And so on and on.

We bring order into chaos in almost anything we do. But it is never eternal. Only change is certain and always to be expected. There is the danger of getting exhausted from trying too hard to bring order into chaos. We need to listen to the little alarms in our body and psyche and take rest. Another danger is that we give up trying and let the chaos take over.

Maybe the best thing would be to accept the chaotic nature of things as the only constant and see our fight simply as work. If one assigns too much power to chaos, one can get really depressed. However, assigning too much power to ourselves can leave us totally exhausted at the end of the day. Here we go again balancing the beast.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of:
– a fantasy novel with romance Vivvy and Izzy the Dwarf: A series about relationships
Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

One Response to “ “Chaos versus Order”

  1. Helena Smole says:

    I get many ideas for writing while walking in the forest.

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