Merits of Chaos

March 10, 2009

If better organized I would not have spent so many hours this month navigating the treacherous paper trail of my recent past.

Tax time triggered this journey through canceled checks, receipts, and cluttered file draws. Disgust with the disarray then led to wholesale purging and imposition of order.

But the paper trail also reconstructed much that I’d set aside in my mind: a gift bought here, a trip there. Numbers on paper conjured moving pictures of life so easily forgotten.

Without chaos, much would have been lost.