On Operating in Chaos

Obstacles will be ever present in our lives.

Sometimes we’ll see them before they appear, and thus, we can prepare for them. Other times, they will arrive unexpectedly, and we have to deal with them in the moment.

Today I was reminded of the latter. That no matter how meticulous I am, how prepared I can be, there is still room for error. For something unexpected to throw me off my game.

But how far I get thrown off course is dependent on my response.

I can get frustrated and give up. I can get angry and make it worse—letting my emotions further agitate the situation. I can try to ignore it, which is a terrible idea.

Years of dealing with the unexpected have taught me that the easiest thing to do is to go with the flow.

Don’t try to fight it and don’t remain upset for too long. That only serves to slow you down and distract you from the work that needs to get done.

Find a way that works to complete your objective and operate in the chaos.

What I’m Listening To:

Missy Elliott’s ‘Throw it Back’ single
(on repeat! I love Missy)

Good Christian Fun podcast
(which pokes fun at Christian pop culture, etc. It’s for everyone not just Christians)

Tea With Tami podcast
(a weekly tea party and review of “urban culture”)

What I’m Reading:

I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying
by Bassey Ikpi

What I Read:

The Boys Volume One: The Name of the Game
Comic book
by Garth Ennis

The Hard Tomorrow
Graphic novel
by Eleanor Davis

Red at the Bone
by Jacqueline Woodson

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer
Christian Literature
by Max Lucado

As the reviews editor for Linden Avenue Literary Journal, I posted a list of Latinx authors to read for Latinx Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15). Those recommendations are on Linden’s Instagram.

Stay safe,

*featured image by Steve Johnson on Pexels.com

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