“A very slight change in our habits is sufficient to destroy our sense of our daily reality, and the reality of the world about us; the moment we pass out of our habits we lose all sense of permanency and routine” – George Moore
We all spend a lot of time embedded in our daily habits. We find structure to be a source of comfort but when something changes and struggle to adapt and subsequently freak out. This happened to me last week.
On Monday morning I arrived at my regular coffee joint in my pre-caffeinated haze to pick up my 7am long macchiato. I soon discovered that the barista had left, the coffee blend had changed and the coffee cups no longer had the gripped texture that prevented my hands from burning. This brought both shock and horror to my world.
I didn”t feel tethered to this place. It was just a small part of my daily work routine. And yet, I was genuinely bothered.
On Tuesday morning I met with Pete Williams for a mentoring session. He mentioned a theory developed by Edward Lorenz and “subsequently the uber geniuses from the Sante Fe Institute” (thanks @rexster) that has been playing in my head for the better part of the last week. In a nutshell:
As humans we live amidst chaos and small factors have the ability to alter anything, no matter how certain something they may seem. If this is in fact the case then the perhaps the best strategy to adopt is to take life as it comes because nothing is enduring.
A change in daily routine should not confound us. If life at its core is chaos, then it is also about adapting – maybe we should consider doing the same.
This morning I walked 100 metres up the road, messed with FourSquare’s head and hit up Little Wish.