: to arrange, regulate
: command
: destine, ordain
: to give or place in an arrangement

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Order (n.): early 13c., “body of persons living under a religious discipline,” from Old French ordreposition, estate; rule, regulation ” (11c.), from earlier ordene, from Latin ordinem (nominative ordo) “row, rank, series, arrangement,” originally “a row of threads in a loom,” from Italic root *ord-to arrange, arrangement” (source of ordirito begin to weave;”), of unknown origin.

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“Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered”

Jose Saramago (1922-2010, Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. “His works, some of which can been see as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor.”)

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Disorder created connections──that is, resonance.”

Eric Abrahamson (Professor of Business Management at Columbia Business School. He is author of the books, Change without Pain and A Perfect Mess.)

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“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: 'Here are our monsters,' without immediately turning the monsters into pets.”

Jacque Derrida (1930-2004, One of the most well known twentieth century philosophers. He distanced himself from the various philosophical movements that preceded him on the French intellectual scene (phenomenology, existentialism, and structuralism). He developed a strategy called “deconstruction” in the mid 1960s.)

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel, 1883-1971, French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand, who created a new look for women in the 20th century, clothes that were primarily comfortable.)

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“The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you’ll discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.”

Umberto Eco (born 1932, age 82, Italian novelist, essayist, philosopher and literary critic. He is best known for his 1980 historical mystery novel, The Name of the Rose.)

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“Eros has degenerated; he began by introducing order and harmony, and now he brings back chaos.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans, 1819-1980, one of the leading female English novelists of the 19th century. “Her novels, most famously ‘Middlemarch,’ were celebrated for their realism and psychological insights.”)

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“There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fight, who will dare torture in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.”

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor and businessman. He amassed 1,093 patents covering inventions and minor improvements in a wide range of fields, including telecommunications, electric power, sound recording, motion picture, primary and storage batteries, and mining and cement technologies. His role as innovator was not only evident in two major laboratories in NJ, but in more than 300 worldwide companies that manufactured and marketed his inventions.)

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Back in the early 90s,  I worked as a consultant and project manager for a prominent New York City nonprofit organization.  My job along with the program’s director was to create summer jobs festivals throughout the five boroughs.

In Queens, we were asked by a very committed and visionary precinct police captain to work with him and his lieutenants, and help set up a jobs fair in that district.  We were told we would receive a couple hundred teenagers to fill out job applications.

That was our expectation, and we thought we were ready.

The problem was that roughly a thousand teenagers showed up on that cool school day in May.

When we ran out applications, agitation, chaos, and fear spread like wildfire throughout this crowd of desperate teenagers.  I never forget how fast the energy of fear rose to the edge of riotous proportions, practically in the blink of an eye.

The policemen were prepared, though.  This diverse group of officers stepped back, donned their light blue blazers with the name of their precinct written in white; and walked up and down, back and forth, slowly and calmly through the crowd until the energy subsided.   In a matter of minutes, the crowd became orderly and then quickly dispersed.

It was a demonstration of Grace in motion.

Chaos, if unchecked, can spread like a virus.  But, what’s also contagious is peace, love, compassion, kindness, and joy.  That’s something we all want to catch.

Whatever it is that you love, reach for it each and every day, so that order and harmony can ground more deeply in your heart and soul.

With Love and Gratitude, Tonya


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