In Others’ Words: Chaos
“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk (1962-), American novelist & freelance journalist
It has been a haphazard summer.
“Haphazard” is just a three-syllable word for chaos.
And “chaos” is a two-syllable word for “Would somebody please tell me when I’m going to have a normal day again because I haven’t had one in a long, long time and I’m teetering on the edge of …”
Pardon me. I got a bit carried away there.
Since I’ve been living with chaos for quite a few weeks now, I decided to find a quote that put a positive spin on life spinning out of control. I like today’s quote and how it promises something good out of chaos: discoveries. And at the same time it also unpacks chaos for us, describing it as a place that is “wrong and stupid and foolish.”
Well there ya go.
There are times I would classify the last few weeks — months — as wrong, in the “this isn’t what I expected for the Summer of 2012” meaning of the word. But I’m not going to belabor the chaos … instead, I’m going to embrace Palahniuk’s statement and believe there are discoveries waiting for me in the midst of all this craziness.
- Evacuate from my house for weeks? I discovered I can live with a whole lot less stuff than I thought.
- Computer crashes and attempts to retrieve all my data fail? I discovered that sometimes I have to accept that one of my worst nightmares just came true — and then be surprised when someone saves the day and finds a way to rescue all those supposedly irretrievable documents.
- Vertigo flares up again after a 5-week reprieve? I discovered life went on … I just slowed down a bit to compensate.
In Your Words: What discoveries have you made in a season of chaos?
I’m getting ready to celebrate a 3-month anniversary & I’d like you to celebrate with me! Wish You Were Here, my contemporary romance novel, debuted on May 1 — almost 3 months ago. I’m planning a fun “Where in the World is Daniel?” contest to celebrate. Come back tomorrow for more details.
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