Perfect

Perfect doesn’t exist. 

There, I said it. I’ll say it again, perfect does not exist. 

There are fleeting moments of when everything is wonderful, but the second law of thermodynamics states that entropy, the gradual move towards disorder, is always increasing in an enclosed and isolated system.

You don’t need to be a physics major to understand what this means for us simple humans moving through our world. If you are a parent you understand this better than most.

“A simple way to think of the second law of thermodynamics is that a room, if not cleaned and tidied, will invariably become more messy and disorderly with time – regardless of how careful one is to keep it clean. When the room is cleaned, its entropy decreases, but the effort to clean it has resulted in an increase in entropy outside the room that exceeds the entropy lost.” [1]

So I present to you a photo of max entropy in my kitchen this morning. Does it stress me out. Sure, I’m human, I’d rather exist in a magazine worthy photo shoot, but what you don’t see in the chaos is what actually are the most important things.

The griddle, plates and syrup dispenser are from the pancakes my nine-year-old made this morning for breakfast. 

The lunch packing mess is from the same child currently making his own lunch for school. 

The coffee and computer are for my writing time. 

There is a volleyball jersey in there, waiting for my twelve-year-old’s first volleyball game later this afternoon. 

The plethora of various markers are from my kiddos’ latest art creations.

I’ll get it all cleaned up just in time for my twelve-year-old to come home for lunch to create more mess, and he’ll have to clean it up himself, life-skills building in practice.

I can choose to see the mess, or I can choose to see what that mess represents. I can try for perfect all the time, or I can surrender to the universe and its laws knowing I’m powerless to fight against it. 

Life is lived in the midst of chaos.

Entropy will always win out. 

Perfect doesn’t exist. 

[1] (2021, May 6). The Three Laws of Thermodynamics Lumen. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/introchem/chapter/the-three-laws-of-thermodynamics/

Published by Jill Robinson

Speech-Language Pathologist. Writer. Athlete. Wife. Mother. Animal lover. Not necessarily in that order.

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