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Chaos is contagious, but it’s not unavoidable

Some people lead very chaotic lives. Others live relatively peaceful lives. Circumstance may be an initial factor in determining the initial path, but it’s our consistent decisions and actions that either perpetuate or stifle drama.

Life is not always in our control, but it’s not always out of our control either. The problem is that chaos, drama, and various shades of panic are psychologically and physically addicting – both to ourselves and those around us.

As an individual, chaos offers a false sense of significance – the feeling that we are working on something “important” primarily because it’s urgent. It also alleviates the angst that can arises from an inner-belief that something bad swiftly follows the good, i.e.: “If bad things are happening, things can only get better.” Both are delusional coping mechanisms.

As an observer, viewing intense behavior fires off what neurologists call “mirror neurons” – synapses in our brain the mimic those of the observed, creating similar emotional feelings. This immediate psychological stimulation may have saved us from impending danger in eras past, but it serves us very little in most situations today. In an environment full of drama, we often get sucked right into it.

Nonetheless, although chaos may be contagious, it’s not incurable. A life of peace, focus, and strength is not experienced by happenstance. Lifecycles and lifestyles can be both predicted and witnessed in one’s personal values, habits, and their level of commitment to be proactive rather than reactive. Remember, panic is not a strategy.

Be a Maverick,

– Kent

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