clock January 4, 2013
author Chris Sopa


Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, has a theory called “dissipative structures.”  This theory states that friction is a fundamental property of nature and that nothing grows without it…not a mountain, pearl or person.  Prigogine states that the key to growth is fragility, or the capacity for being “shaken up.”  Now let’s pause for a minute and I want you to ask yourself this question…Has there ever been a time in your life when you have experienced growth where you did not experience some kind of “shaking up?”  If you think hard (don’t hurt yourself) the answer is probably no.

Any structure, whether at the molecular, chemical, physical, social or psychological level, that is insulated from disturbance is also protected from change.  It becomes stagnant.   Anything that is true to life will not be unshakable.“  ~Ilya Prigogine

As our world, our nation and our personal lives experience chaos and turmoil, remember that in order for that thing or person to change they must experience “friction” of one kind or another.  They must be shooken up!  It doesn’t matter if it is the economy, politics, gas prices, gun control or a person…a “shaking up” is necessary for growth to take place.

Allow your life to unfold in the perfection that it is with no judgments of how it should be.  Have no expectations.  Drop your definitions of good and bad, right and wrong, black and white, want and need.  Look into your life and see the beauty of how it unfolds.

I always say that when my life gets “shook up” it is only because the finger of God is coming down to stir my life up a bit.  How do I know?  Because even I can’t screw things up THAT bad!  God’s hand comes in many sizes, shapes and colors.  Sometimes he allows us to make choices that “rock the boat” of our lives so we can fall over board, get back up, take a deep breath and start again.

Shakin’ my booty,



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