I am a creature of habit. Routine and consistency are my allies.
But when it's time to step out of the routine and face down the changes that are necessary for growth, it can feel a lot like chaos.
I don't do well with chaos.
My sweet hubby will tell you that I get cranky, anxious, and sometimes, downright angry when the house is in disarray. Moving from one living space to another quite literally has the power to shut me down, and I collapse into an energetic heap. If I'm not crying, I'm sleeping. If I'm not sleeping or crying, I'm in a total place of panic.
Starting up two businesses, trying to secure physical shop space on a limited budget without going into debt, and trying to prepare a manuscript for submission, and cleaning up our living space to release things that no longer serve our family; all while managing day to day life, homeschooling a 12 year old, keeping on top of email and messages...
It's enough to make me crazy.
However, I've discovered a place of peace amidst the chaos. I'm still settling into a new routine, and my psyche is resisting it (emotional overeating much?), but still, I show up and push through it.
In the early morning (I'm not a morning person. At. All.), I have an hour or so that I can utilize to settle my mind and body and be productive for the day. While there are days that I simply cannot get my body out of bed at 6 a.m. due to pain and fatigue (thank you, fibromyalgia), on the mornings I can haul my head off the pillow and get my brain functioning long enough to find my meditation seat and recite mantra for 20 minutes, I have discovered that I am wide awake by 7 a.m. and ready to rock my day in the business world.
You don't have to suffer in chaos.
When we approach each day as a learning experience, we can pay attention to what makes us feel good, what makes us feel bad, what energizes us and what drains us. We can take that knowledge and make subtle adjustments to how we approach everyday life and the out-of-the-ordinary moments to feel better, be more vibrant and be more able to serve in the moment.
Take that learning, and you can apply it to find your own "safe place" amid the chaos when things get rough.