They ask: "Hey, what's up? How's it going?"
For years now, I respond:
"You know, just surfing the chaos."
Surfing the chaos has meant an acceptance that life is messy.
There are the big tempests: unforeseen illnesses. Natural disasters. The usual suspects on the list of "top ten most stressful life events."
IS THE IDEAL, ART AND PRACTICE OF LEARNING NOT ONLY TO ACCEPT, BUT EXPECT LIFE TO BE MESSY...LEARNING NOT ONLY TO SURVIVE - BUT THRIVE AMIDST CHALLENGE.
And then there's the daily flood threatening to exhaust and overwhelm.
But if you expect the unexpected - even welcome it - then you have something else. Something valuable.
Surfing the chaos is about rising above the turbulence, deftly riding it into new places, and transforming it into a catalyst.
Not just surviving challenge, but thriving in challenge.
Some live life thrashed around, feeling drained by an endless barrage of crushing waves.
Others live a life of flourishing, feeling energized by the endless sea of opportunities.