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Living With Chaos

Updated on February 17, 2012

A Microcosim of Chaos

Reflection of the Psyche

I feel as if my struggle/battle against chaos needs to begin with my desk, which has overtaken me. My desk never used to be this way, but now I am no longer able to control it. I do my best to create some kind of order within the chaos, but for the most part, the effort seems futile.

Allow me to tell you what I observe on my desk as a casual observer:

  • temperature gauge
  • keyboard
  • wallet
  • keys
  • vitamins
  • used Kleenex
  • Excedrin
  • Clear Eyes
  • dental floss
  • a small stack of business cards.
  • a canister of blank CDs.
  • bills
  • forms to be completed
  • a telephone
  • a spiral binder containing maybe 100 different passwords to different Net sites
  • A reminder to pay for my mail box
  • Aleve
  • ear wax removal medicine
  • A small flashlight.
  • Two pairs of glasses -- one trifocals, one shaded bifocals for driving
  • Vitamins
  • Nasal drops
  • Cocktail stirrer.
  • Various pens
  • ear plugs
  • an old VHS tape
  • A wine plug remover
  • A glass of whiskey
  • computer speakers
  • a lamp
  • a prescription never used
  • a laser-etched replica of St. Basil's Cathedral inside a small, square, glass square bought in Moscow
  • keyboard
  • mouse and mouse pad
  • wireless keypad emitter
  • modem
  • computer
  • five external hard drives
  • nail clippers
  • car registration
  • scotch tape
  • batteries
  • computer headphones
  • box cutter
  • scissors
  • empty paper plate and plastic fork
  • unused computer speakers
  • unused external DVD drive
  • computer hub
  • stapler
  • measuring tape
  • second stapler
  • unused mouse
  • dormant external floppy disc drive
  • a vase containing a bamboo plant that is growing sideways
  • a mobile telephone
  • stack of paid bill statements
  • two boxes of Kleenex
  • coupons for discounts at my local grocery store.
  • a stack of unknown papers.
  • a package of photographs
  • a nail cutter
  • a cardboard holder for Windows Office 2007
  • staples in a box
  • a pad of Post-Its
  • Felt pen
  • appointment cards
  • Skin Shield
  • bottle of Bupropion HCL XL
  • printout of a Russian-to-English keyboard diagram
  • a Batman piggy-bank
  • An 18th inch of dust
  • much more

These items are somewhat organized on my desk; however, it would take me several minutes to locate a specific item. An item such as a specific bill statement would take much longer to locate.

My desk NEVER used to look this way, really. I can only account for this disarray as a result of a deterioration of my brain's organizational abilities (and motivations).

What can you do, you know.


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    • rjbatty profile image

      rjbatty 5 years ago from Irvine

      My desk actually consists of two laminated-top, unfoldable table tops. One is larger than the other, and they do cover a considerable amount of space, but even these monsters can become overcrowded. I suppose the point I was trying to make is that these table tops have become chaotic, that I'd like to correction the situation but have not. The reason I have not gone ahead and corrected the situation ties into my feelings of depression and an utter lack of motivation. What is odd about being in this position is that I can simultaneously abhore the chaos but find no inner spirit to do anything about it.

    • hawkdad73 profile image

      hawkdad73 5 years ago from Riverside, Iowa

      How big is your desk? I don't think you have much to worry about. One man's chaos is another man's system.

      Enjoyed it.

    • hoteltravel profile image

      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      Your desk must be quite big to accommodate so many items. Since you took the pains to list each item here, you can sort them to bring some semblence of order. Innovative hub idea.