Order is Heaven’s First Law — Alexander Pope
When I was on sabbatical, order kept me sane. When you live in a cubicle with five other men, three bunk beds, six small lockers, and only enough standing room to be counted five times a day, one learns to appreciate order.
You learn to give others space, to keep your small space neat and clean, bed made, and clothes and boots put away. Otherwise there would be chaos. I quickly realized that we were learning lessons about taking care of ourselves, being on time, and respect for every single person going through what each was going through.
Once sabbatical was complete, the world strives to throw us back into chaos. Our lives are quickly consumed by tugs and pulls from many different directions. Sometimes we feel like we are maneuvering around trying to just get home in rush hour traffic with no traffic lights or controls. No order.
Living without order happens over and over, and the only person who can bring order back into our lives is ourselves. We begin reserving time to ourselves for prayer and meditation. Nothing is quite like a morning’s conversation with God every day to slow us down and allow ourselves to bring order and priorities back to our lives.