The Chaos of Big Transformations

Chaos theory

Chaos theory (Photo credit: anroir)

In the last twenty years, we all have become an expert at making rapid transformations in our lives and business.  Sometimes, we are made to feel less than if we don’t create big transformations quickly.  In the past, I have found myself doing work where I lead major transformational projects and have been considered a change agent, so I have some idea on how to get things done.

In my experience, no matter how much you plan a big transformation, there is always a part of it that is chaotic, especially if you are trying to do something more quickly than usual.  Of course, this makes sense, because if we were following standard protocol, we would take the normal amount of time and effort to do something.

I can’t say that the move to a new location for my family and business is particularly aggressive in it scheduling.  Yet, after 14 years of living in our home,  it’s hard to not have a chaotic element to what we are doing.  Right now, I’m taking a break from packing and getting the new house set and taking the time to check in here.

Have you ever had a big transformation where everything went smoothly without chaos?

The biggest transformations in my life always had times of chaos in the middle of them, whether they were personal or professional.  With the most important transformations, everything changes for the better after the chaos.

I can already see a new enchanted oasis emerging for my family.  My mother was awe-struck this morning with how lovely our backyard garden looks.  In our best transformations, after the dust settles we end up “living” in a better new place and way of life.

You may not be literally moving to a new home, but so many of us are moving through big transformations and dealing with the ensuing chaotic moments.  This is an important time to remember to remain aware of how we are showing up.  In chaotic times we need both rest and awareness to remain calm.

Daily Contemplation:

What is the smoothest big transformation that you’ve ever had in your life?

When you were exhausted and tired from a change that you are experiencing, and you know the chaos must continue for a bit longer, how did you stay kind to yourself and others?

Rituals for Writing and Life

Appeal to the Great Spirit

Appeal to the Great Spirit (Photo credit: jcbwalsh)

Long ago, a dear friend of mine gave me a book called Wrestling with Your Angels by Janet O. Hagberg.  I’m not sure if this book ever was a best-seller when it was published back in 1995, but I liked it.

I might not have looked at this book today, if I wasn’t packing it now for the move to our new house.  So, that’s one of the benefits of moving things around a bit.

Today, I opened this book to a bookmarked page about using rituals to start our writing.  Often, I have found that rituals strengthen my writing, whether personal or business.

This Native American prayer is featured in that book,  is one of my favorite prayers that still inspires me after so many years:

O Great Spirit

whose voice I hear in the wind,

and whose breath gives life to all the earth

hear me.

Open me to your will, your grace and your gifts,

Lead me to the peace of your spirit and

the strength of your soul.

I now allow all that is mine by divine right

to be released into the world.

This also happens to be the perfect prayer of gratitude for today’s events.  After many months of waiting, we finally closed on our new house today.  It’s such a happy day for us!

This prayer reminds me to dedicate our house to something greater than shelter, and to use our hand-made smudge sticks to bless the rooms tomorrow.

Daily Contemplation:

Do you have any rituals that lead you to peace and strength with your writing and/or life?