""In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order." Carl Jung"s words have been echoed by many across the ages. Albert Einstein said, "Order is for idiots; genius can handle chaos." But when our lives are in chaos, most of us long for order. We might like to experience change or at least unpredictability from time to timeafter all, variety is known to be the spice of lifebut to have either as a constant condition, at a time like now, can feel exhausting and terrifying. It"s no wonder anxiety spikes when we can"t create the kind of order we crave; we know most things are beyond our control, but we persist in believing we can control our life circumstances, at leastand to some degree, much of the time, we can. But move to a different place where we know nobody, lose a job we were counting (or if we"re lucky, be forced to work from home), have our lives change overnight through no choice of our own, and the order that makes us comfortable disappears. We"re a lot less likely to appreciate the cosmos, and a lot more likely to feel like victimsor idiots. Yet chaos is essential if we want to create anything new (consider compost, especially now that a lot of people are planting "victory gardens"). Here are three reasons why: 1) Being comfortable doesn"t encourage creativitydiscomfort does. 2) We"re less likely to develop, or use, skills or techniques we aren"t as familiar with if we already know how to deal with a situation. 3) We have no compelling reason to explore unknown possibilities unless we"re confronted with chaos.Being comfortable doesn"t encourage creativitydiscomfort does.We"re less likely to develop, or use, skills or techniques we aren"t as familiar with if we already know how to deal with a situation.We have no compelling reason to explore unknown possibilities unless we"re confronted with chaos.Idiot, victim, survivor, or genius? Order, or chaos?"
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