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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Embracing Chaos

Read a good piece in Zen Habits blog.

I think it goes a bit overboard in praising chaos and criticising planning. But I agree that being comfortable with some unpredictability in day to day life is very important for sustained happiness. We mustn't get too upset when things and people don't turn out to be exactly as per our expectations. As the article says: "We expect others to try to make us happy, to go out of their way to give us what we want. This is not why other people exist."

Let's open ourselves up to life so that it can spring it's own surprises on us. Not the ones we have been expecting. Because if you have been expecting a surprise, the only surprise you can get is not getting it!

Overall, a valuable piece.

2 comments:

Bhargav Vasudevarao said...

If you look at one of his previous posts, he has a schedule for his day... http://zenhabits.net/autodidact/
So, what works is: have a plan, but be open to work around it, change things; but you need a plan!

Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti said...

I agree. But what he seems to suggest again and again is that what he does doesn't have any plan at all. I don't understand that part at all. Probably, it's some sort of spiritual realisation he's got. I don't know. Won't believe or disbelieve him on that. For me, some bit of planning is essential. I am with you on that planning within reasonable limits isn't all that evil as he makes it out to be.