Living With Reality

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The Real World we each live in daily, sometimes feels like a living tutorial in ‘Chaos Theory.’  As much as we might admire integrity, neatness, organization and beauty; it proves elusive.

It takes enormous vigilance to maintain, especially without staff.  It requires action and attention to pick up every discarded newspaper, wash every empty cup, dead head every spent blossom, discard every outdated idea, and eliminate every errant weed.

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Have you ever watched a cooking show, and wondered how the host’s kitchen remains so spotless?  Have you ever watched a gardening show, and wondered how every path and plant remains so pristine?

I grew up watching movies and sit-coms , wondering why our home wasn’t as neat and elegant as the ones inhabited by TV families.  Was something wrong with us?

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We still consume the day’s media messages, peering through electronic windows into some else’s seemingly perfect world, wondering why we can’t live that way, too.

Or, maybe we watch the day’s news, and know that things aren’t unfolding in the world as they should.  We feel a visceral disconnect between how we know things should be, and how they currently are. 

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The hard truth remains that we all live in the midst of some measure of chaos and disorder.  We live surrounded by that which we can’t control, which constantly surprises us and throws new challenges our way.   And there is an art in knowing how to stage things for the photograph.

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“Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable.
It teaches us to expect the unexpected.”  
The Fractal Foundation

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We somehow figure out how to take control of those things that we reasonably can.  We plan ahead. We do our due diligence. We have high expectations for ourselves.  But despite our best efforts, perfection remains elusive.

And that is where we somehow learn to shift our focus.  None of us lives in a photograph or a bit of video.  We don’t have producers, set designers and make-up artists on hand to stage some imagined image of how things should be.  We can’t freeze time to capture that fleeting perfect moment.

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… unless we also happen to be photographers….

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Rather, we live in a dynamic and chaotic system.  Our lives play out and our gardens grow in the midst of many competing forces that we simply can’t control.

We eventually learn to expect the unexpected and flow with the living dynamic of our moment.

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But we each still hold great power.  When we add our energy to any system, we change it, for better or for worse.  Our personal influence and expectation might prove the tipping point of change.

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The choices we make in every moment, shape our future.  A small decision can forever change our lives, in ways we don’t even anticipate.

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“Chaos is not simply disorder.
Chaos explores the transitions between order and disorder,
which often occur in surprising ways.”
The Fractal Foundation

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Reality will always challenge our own ideas of how things should be.

The question remains, have we the courage to explore and understand the reality of what is? And once we begin to understand, to work within the flow?

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Can we find a way to ride the waves of our lives so that we live with joy, find the beauty in everything, and abide in love?

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Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world
can give us new insight, power, and wisdom.
The Fractal Foundation

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Woodland Gnome 2017
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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

9 responses to “Living With Reality

  1. I so enjoyed your woodland flora and reflected on your words. For me, my garden is how I escape the chaos… at least fleetingly. And as much as I try to make my garden look “perfect,” gardeners knot that there is always something out of place and must be moved–next year! (wink)

  2. This post makes me feel better about the messes in my garden (and house, which always is neglected in warm weather)! 😉

  3. Yes to all of the above and as Laurin added, nature and nature work, teaches acceptance of a certain amount of chaos, though I would suggest that the “chaos” of nature tends to have purpose or an end result.

    • Chaos often has purpose when we can see it in a larger frame. What is chaos at close range resolves into meaningful patterns as we see it from greater and greater distance- Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts, Tina ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Laurin Lindsey

    Beautifully written words of wisdom, truth and life philosophy! I totally agree with all of it. I have found that I have come to seek quality of life over quantity. The garden has taught me to enjoy the moment as it is always changing. I have come to choose to live more simply and to live smaller if you will. I avoid loudness in every way except for a few outrageously loud flowers, lol! I suppose I have learned to make peace with chaos and see the beauty in it too!I Thank you for your inspiring thoughts and photographs!

    • Thank you, Laurin. The garden is a wise teacher, isn’t it? And not an easy or too forgiving one, either 😉 I love your words, “I have learned to make peace with chaos and see the beauty in it, too!” Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts. ❤ ❤ ❤

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