Day 150: Open

It’s getting pretty chaotic in the house right now.

I know, I know… we are in process. There are boxes piled up in increasingly precarious towers, and various bags intended for various destinations strewn about the floor, and furniture pulled out of place and double parked against the wall. All of those dedicated spaces I had tried to construct and maintain are, well, coming undone.

And I know it’s going to be that way for a while, as we transition from one home to another (insert caterpillar-dissolves-in-its-chrysalis metaphor here).

But tonight, I had to take a moment to clear away just a little bit of space–restore some semblance of order to the dining room table, open a clear path from one room to the next, so we’re not stumbling over boxes–that sort of thing. There’s no point, with all that is in flux, to try to maintain the illusion that “all is in order”–because right now, all is in motion. But that doesn’t mean I can’t create a small refuge amidst the chaos.

I think that’s all I can do for now to “keep it simple”: to remember that sometimes chaos is part of the process, but to still allow spaces of calm and order to open where they will.

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8 Responses to Day 150: Open

  1. Finding God Daily says:

    You are so right, and maybe without the chaos, there can be no calm. I think I’m afraid of the chaos and don’t do anything. Anyhow, keep up the great work!!

    • Mark says:

      You got me thinking of Emerson: “Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. This one fact the world hates, that the soul becomes.”

  2. revdarkwater says:

    A dot of yang in the yin, I thought.

  3. nrhatch says:

    An oasis of calm in the midst of chaos does us good.

  4. pencilgrub says:

    My experience after my recent move has been that I am skeptical of many purchases. “Free” is seldom free. And I have become more willing and able to to give things away I no longer value as well as things that, in some other person’s hands, will be more useful. Consider More’s Utopia. Via media!

    • Mark says:

      Hey, thanks for this. I got caught up for a moment today in thinking about how I might best profit in selling off some of this stuff, or at very least how I might rationally calculate what we should be selling off vs. storing long term. But really, all of that kind of thinking is more of an obstacle for me right now than anything else. I like the idea of asking myself: if I let go of this item, regardless the price, will it be of more use to someone else?

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