“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”
~ Henry B. Adams
Like many, I was brought up to think that things happened in a linear way – first this, then that, one building block upon another in a specific order, cause and effect. I have since realized that when one has a larger vision and experiences this vision as though it has already happened, a chain of events is triggered that results in what may appear to be a disjointed series of events that is in reality very connected.
This can be compared to watching a movie of a glass shattering in reverse motion. The pieces come from all directions, seemingly unrelated, to assemble into a perfect whole. Each piece is absolutely necessary, in and of itself incomplete and incomprehensibly connected to a bigger picture.
There are ups and downs and what may feel like divergent paths from that which we may have previously anticipated. However, these seemingly divergent paths are absolutely necessary for us to experience the totality of our vision. Sometimes a part of the healing process involves the experience of pain, or other symptoms. While we may point to these as signs that there is illness present, we could more accurately see them as evidence of our healing.
We may not realize the significance or relevance of these experiences until much later, when looking in retrospect we become aware of the distinct reason that we needed to endure any given challenge, setback, delay, or what originally felt like an irrelevant nuisance. These obstacles give us a greater perspective on who we are, a larger appreciation for where we have been and where we are going, and a compassion for others who experience the same things we have along the way.
In dealing with these little challenges, we realize that we are far greater than we thought we were. And as leaders, we can help others appreciate and leverage their own chaos as well.