Yesterday, I spoke about how I thrive in chaos.  In order to do this, I must also be at peace with myself and that which surrounds me.

I never thought that it would be possible to have harmony while living within two very conflicting life patterns.  I am proof it can be done but it’s certainly not for everyone.

If you are like me, a “yellow” personality, you are fun-loving, creative, joyful, don’t want to have a care in the world, spontaneity loving, go out and take the world by storm kind of person. Sadly, we get bogged down by society’s demands and “rules” (not sure who made these rules up but it certainly wasn’t a yellow).

When we begin to listen to those who tell how how we should be living, we become too serious, too mundane, too boring and eventually, it’s like slamming the oven door when a soufflé is baking. After awhile, you feel deflated, your energy is zapped and your spark is gone.

The way life should be lived is with a pinch of zany, a dash of crazy, a few cups of laughter, a soupçon of madness and heaping helpings of passion!  This is how we continue to generate ideas, create art, invent something new, re-invent ourselves each day.

Now, with all of that being said, the recipe of life calls for quiet times, reflective moments, rest for our body, stillness and peace of heart, mind and soul. It requires us to be one with ourselves, our Creator, the Universe. Even the most energized people need recharging.

The trick is merging these two together. How does one do that? For me, it’s keeping notes, journal writing, walks at lunch time, daily prayer and conversation with God, attending church, or simply closing the office door for five minutes, finding a picture of a truly gorgeous location and taking a mental vacation. It’s learning how not to let petty, insignificant things consume me. It’s learning to let go of people and things that are bad for me, it’s ignoring the petty and focusing on the things over which I have control. It’s learning to listen for answers in a gentle breeze that speaks louder than the cacophony all around us.

When you can learn to quiet your mind amidst the chaos, you achieve peace and can live in both worlds harmoniously. It might make me weird, confusing or too quirky for some, but that’s okay; I quite like my life and they are not responsible for how I achieve happiness.

As I read recently: “There is no statute of limitations on starting over. Re-invent yourself every day.  Be the girl who walks barefoot and listens to the blues. Tomorrow, wear a trench coat and speak fierce truths. Be a phoenix. Be ashes. Burn down. Resurrect.  Let go of any idea that you must be who you have always been.”

Mix it up in 2017! Try a new recipe for living so that your regrets will be few and your joys will be abundant!