Bad Chaos Or Good Chaos

Bad Chaos Or Good ChaosNot all chaos in life is bad, but then again, not all chaos is good either. Which type of chaos do you predominantly have in your life? Is it bad chaos or good chaos and can you tell the difference between the two?

Bad Chaos Or Good Chaos

Bad chaos is exactly what it sounds like, bad. When I think of bad chaos, I think mostly of self-induced, self-created, needless drama. You know… the kind of drama that makes any type of relationship with any other person excessively messy, frustrating and in the end counterproductive. It could be with family, friends, your coworkers, and most damaging with your partner.

It isn’t hard to create a lot of bad chaos or drama either… spread some gossip, tell a few tales that aren’t exactly true, commit to doing things without having the intention of ever following through. Be late for events or appointments or for full effect – don’t even bother to show up at all without letting anyone know you are not going to be there.

There are many ways to create bad chaos or to have others introduce bad chaos into your life…

Then what about good chaos; do you believe that good chaos even exits? I believe it does and it is not only a good thing but also something that is completely necessary for personal growth and development.

A Belgian physicist, Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1977. Through his research and work, he taught that we grow, develop, or evolve as humans in direct proportion to the amount of chaos that we can handle in our lives. What this means is that the strongest systems (or people) are those that can withstand the introduction of great amounts of chaos without breaking down or malfunctioning.

According to Prigogine, there is constantly new energy that enters any system as well as old and expended energy exiting. For you this could be in the form of relationships, jobs, living situations, or your business. If more energy (or chaos) enters a system faster than the system can dissipate it, the system either breaks down or it adapts. When it adapts, a new level of capability and capacity is reached.

When good chaos is introduced into your life, you can breakdown or you can breakthrough.

Chaos can be messy but good chaos is also a huge catalyst for your growth and development in life. Think of all the times in your life when you were overwhelmed and did not know how you would manage. Did any of those times or situations happen to just end up becoming your new-normal?

All of us are designed to grow, to learn, and to evolve. Bad chaos is distracting not to mention energy draining, but good chaos forces you to change, to adapt and to grow.

So the next time things feel crazy and chaotic in life, try to differentiate between what is bad chaos or good chaos. If it is bad chaos, try to eliminate it at all costs but if it is good chaos then welcome it as a necessary function of life.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 07 November 2007

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