Living in a chaotic world appears to be hard. So much happens around us that is seemingly beyond our control, that is out of alignment with our values, and that challenges our sense of right and wrong.
Perhaps we need to re-evaluate our subtle, underlying assumptions about the world to better navigate it. What is control? What are our values? Why do we judge things as right or wrong?
So, do we have control? Absolutely! We have complete control over our focus, our choices, and how we show up in the world. We have control over our imagination, and it is in our imagination that we create the world around us.
What do we value? What is most important to us? There can be many, many answers to that questions, but ultimately, when you strip away ALL of the non-essentials, there is only one answer. Life. Whether it is our own or the life of our loved ones, that is what we truly value.
Why do we judge? Or perhaps the real question is, do our judgments of right or wrong actually serve us? How often have we judged someone as good or bad, and have been wrong? How many convictions have been over-turned when new evidence comes out? How many times have we thought a situation in our own life has been awful or wonderful, only to reverse that opinion in the days, weeks, months or years to follow?
So in a chaotic world, can we imagine a world that is safer, better, nicer? Can we learn to remember that we value life above all else? Can we hold back on our judgments until we have a clearer perspective, if at all?
Maybe the world isn’t as chaotic as we thought…