MORE THAN EVER
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Making order from disorder.
Is that a mantra worth adopting, or just an excellent bumper-sticker slogan?
If we measure or evaluate our best practices, our best successes, our best WOW moments, in which category do they fall? Do they blossom out of ‘order’ or from ‘disorder’ – or random, driven by other factors?
As I examine my life and experiences, there are three views: the rearview, the mirror, and the windshield.
Lately, the mirror view has shown me more order than ever, and that clarity applied to the rearview illustrates that there were moments of order sprouted in weird ways out of sustained dis-order. I expect that’s not an uncommon revelation for people coming to grips with ADHD, something they’ve always had but didn’t know they were, and maybe they are like me – I thought that was the way I was and didn’t know that it needed changing or how to change if I wanted to create order from the disorder.
Today, as it has been for several weeks now, my order is a daily norm.
That is not to say there are not moments of spark and intrigue that show up unannounced because they still do. The difference is the deflection of those interruptions that are not urgent ones. Urgent always gets its due attention. Non-urgent gets set aside, prioritized, or trashed – and attention on the focus-du-moment resumes without my path derailing down some rabbit hole.
Also, I’ve found that those disruptions (primarily sound) that used to infuriate me don’t derail me now; I still find them mildly irritating, but they pass, get solved by closing a door or muting some device, and when action is called for, mine is less knee-jerk or jerk, and calmer, more reasoned.
Mostly, I can deal with the inconvenience and return to concentrate on what I’m focused on without losing the thread or my momentum.
Not always, but better than I’ve ever known.