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Let the Chaos Live

"Let the Chaos Live" is the title of this art piece. It was a birthday present, painted by my dear friend, Dani Merriman, given to me a handful of years ago at this point.

It hangs in my house, and I think of it often. What a reminder it is that we're not really in control, no matter how much we like to think we are and how hard we try to be. Whether you believe life is divinely guided, is utter chaos, or is somewhere in between, what is consistent is that life unfolds in unexpected ways.

I've been stretched to realize this in recent weeks and months-- with experiences ranging from interactions being different than I'd hoped, to my living room being messy seemingly beyond repair. I ask myself, "how can I breathe into this and accept it for what it is?" Then, "what I can do about it, or what can I learn from it?"

I don't have all of the answers to those questions but asking the questions help. The perspective they give me is two-fold: One, I am humbled to remember that things don't always work out as I want, and I cannot control everything, but it doesn't mean it may not be for a greater good; and two, I am not powerless. I still am able to control what I can control, and how I choose to respond or the actions that I take put me back in the driver's seat of my own life.

The next time you feel like things are either spinning out of control, or just not working out as you'd hoped, remind yourself that life will continue to twist and turn, surprising us, but in the end, things always have a way of working out. Keep your feet on the ground, keep breathing into the space of what you want to create, and remember to let go a little bit and let the chaos live.

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