Sunday, 12 July 2020

Embrace the Chaos:

Lean In, In faith
"The river is wild. You can’t control it. Embrace the chaos." — Maxime Lagacé

So, what is the first impression of this quote on you? “The river is wild.” What picture do you see? People who live in flood-prone areas might be in a better position to appreciate this. What do you do when you see the water rising in your compound, living room, bedroom, etc.? Do you begin to worry about the damages that can and are being wrought, or you start doing all you can about the immediate situation?

How so apt this is for the season we find ourselves. The pandemic and the various organizational restructuring. So, what do we do about this wild river? It is our reality. We cannot wish it away. We cannot control it. It is within, what Stephen Covey calls, our circle of concern. These are things we have no influence on but affect us. Nothing we do will affect it directly.

Nikos Kazantzakis has a word of wisdom for us. He says, “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” Wow! He is directing us to where our power lies. He is asking that we embrace reality by focusing on the things we can do, not the things we cannot. The former awakens faith in us, while the latter awakens fear.

Viktor E. Frankl lends his voice here. He writes, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” Never forget that our attitude is our winning formula. Our attitude is dependent on where our focus is. We determine where we place our focus. Hence, our attitude, our winning formula, is ALWAYS our responsibility.

Embrace the chaos. Don’t fret on its behalf. Don’t run away. Lean into it. Embrace it, doing all that is in your power to do. As your awakened human spirit and mind goes to work, you’ll be amazed at the treasures there are in the eye of the storm.

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for writing this article. Very apt especially in these times. I really enjoyed reading this.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad to know it helps. We all sure can do with right and uplifting words in this season of life. Faith and love will pull us through and overcome all the fear that is trying to get a hold of us.

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