We recently moved our head office to the other side of the city. As with any move, you never imagined you had accumulated so much stuff in so many corners of places you forgot existed in your office. I actually found myself feeling depressed at the amount of work needed to unpack a few boxes. I was determined not to unpack useless papers back into so many corners of places I didn’t realize existed in my new office. So I feel obligated to go through every box, every folder, every page…(I feel like an insane person desperately seeking light and reason – order amidst the chaos). Is it really as bad as I’m describing? – Yes it is.
Okay, maybe not really that bad but I can’t help but sit in absolute awe of God who could organize a universe of chaos into something that resembled order. We spend so much time complaining about the world as it is and how God could allow natural disasters and other kinds of seeming injustices but (and now I’m going to get a bit corny), how often do we stop and realize we can’t even unpack an office without blood, sweat and tears, let alone organize a universe.
And the sad part of it all is that the Sages teach us that chaos is a thin green line surrounding the world, waiting to come back in. In other words, imposing order onto my office is a zero sum game – I’ll never win…oh good, another box is staring at me. I think I’ll cover it with a pretty scarf and put a vase on it. Nothing said I can’t redefine my chaos … and when the sun sets tonight, as it did yesterday and will tomorrow and will continue to set in its ordered way, I will be watching it and marvelling at what I’ve taken for granted. Oh look – I found the paperclips.
Watch a YouTube I put together about this topic.