Chaos, Order, & Rituals

When I hear the word “ritual” my mind automatically takes me to some far away place where strange things are happening. I think it must be because of history class. We all learned of many foreign rituals coming up, didn’t we? Rituals of religion, and of coming into adulthood, etc.

One of the ritual that always comes to mind when I hear that word is Land Diving. Sounds crazy, right? That’s because it is. On Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, when a boy is ready to become a man he will climb a wooden tower, tie vines around his ankles, and jump.

This ritual is where bungee jumping comes from, and the people there believe that the higher a man jumps from the more bountiful their yam harvest will be. Their goal is to brush the shoulders on the ground and still survive. I think I’ll let them keep that particular ritual.

Things like that are of course rituals, but what many don’t realize is that we take part in many rituals every single day, everywhere we are. It isn’t just the strange things that happen in other lands that can be classified as rituals, but basically everything we do.

Brewing coffee is a ritual; buying Seven Brew is a ritual; checking crypto holdings is a ritual; writing blog posts is a ritual; how you drive to work, when, how, and what you eat, going to church, watching your favorite shows, reading your favorite books, etc… Everything we do is a ritual.

You may be wondering why any of this is important. It’s simple, really. Rituals are how we bring order out of the chaos of our lives. We all have rituals that we go through all the time which absolutely dictate the quality of our lives. Our rituals are not immutable, but they are extremely important.

Without the order that rituals provide we will not be at peace. We schedule our lives around our rituals, and it doesn’t take long for things to get pretty screwed up if we forgo them. At the same time, some rituals are simply there out of habit and we’d be better off without them. It’s difficult to let habit go, though.

The point of all this is to say that you can use your rituals to better structure you life so that you succeed rather than fail. Failure sucks. It’s necessary to learn and grow as a person and professional, but it still sucks, and it’s a wise person who can learn to not make a mistake without ever having made it themselves.

Take stock of the rituals you are involved in everyday. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Be self aware enough to see what is helping you and what is holding you back. Keep the wheat and discard the chaff.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day rituals and not notice that we’re spinning our wheels and going nowhere fast. So make a list today or tomorrow if you’re reading this late, as you go through your day, and record what you did and how you did it. It doesn’t have to be extremely detailed, but record it on your phone or computer or in a notebook.

Pay attention to where your time is going. This way you can begin dropping the rituals that are a waste and amplifying those rituals that can propel you toward success in health, wealth, love, and life.

Do this in a measured way so that you don’t introduce an overload of chaos into your life, but do it all the same!

Questions? Ask!

Until next time,
JP

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