Day 1887: Chaos

About six months ago (but who’s counting?), I published a blog post with the same title as this one.   At the risk of somehow spreading the chaos in today’s news, I want to quote how chaos came up in my group therapy presentation yesterday. This happened in the question and answer period after I described how my open-access groups work in a primary care practice in a renowned teaching hospital in Boston.

Audience member: Ann, I am assuming you are comfortable with chaos. How do you deal with it in your groups, which people can attend as they choose?

Me: When you give people access to the behavioral health care they need, there is less chaos than you might expect.

I actually do not experience chaos in my therapy groups, but I do experience more of it, these days,  in the world outside my groups. As I said in my presentation yesterday, I believe people need the support of therapy groups even more in today’s chaotic world.

What do you see in the chaos of today’s pictures?









Even in all this chaos, I’ve got video. Somebody else on my discussion panel yesterday (Moving Forward: Opportunities for Group in the New Health Care Environmentshowed a video like this:

I’ve also got video of some music to help deal with chaos:

I look forward to the chaos of your comments.

Chaotic thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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24 thoughts on “Day 1887: Chaos

  1. Me? I just mitigate chaos, which is why I call the blog “Mitigating Chaos” (a la Alice’s Restaurant)
    God luck mitigating the chaos of that storm today.

  2. I like your calm response to your audience member

  3. Letting people pick their own order can calm their chaos. I’m with you on that, Ann.

  4. Love the line rider. It must be how luge riders feel going down the chute.

  5. I once attended a lecture on Greek mythology where the speaker talked at length about how the early universe was “choice”. We all wondered what this meant until someone whispered, “He means chaos“. We laughed but there was also something telling in it. The elements to create order were there, and, as you said to the audience member, when people are given access to what they need they will often make the right choice.

  6. I hope that the weather is not causing too much chaos for Michael and your cats back at home.

  7. Life used to be “Chaos”, but thankfully I don’t talk into my shoe anymore, nor any-less, and so now I’ve more time, to write more, about less, without that morose chaotic mess…

  8. You’re skill is calming.

  9. is it chaos
    if unnoticed? 🙂

  10. More caring, less chaos.

  11. Your blog is a bright spot in my currently chaotic life!

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