The Importance of Order

sederDuring the start of my annual deep house-cleaning the other day, I had a flashback to a time when I was a child in Hebrew school.

In the weeks leading up to Passover, I remembered my teacher, Mrs. Furman teaching us that the word “Seder” means “Order”.

And with that, we learned that the “Seder” itself (the word to describe the ritual of retelling the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt) has an “order” to it. In other words, it’s not an arbitrary celebration, but rather it’s a process that has a beginning, middle and an end.

And as I was washing down my bathroom windows, I started thinking about this concept of “order”, and how (if at all) it places a role in my life.

And this is what I concluded.

Order plays a huge role in my life.

And often times, when I let go of it, I find myself stuck.

When I follow a certain order (or routine), I tend to feel more focused, on track, and healthy.

Take for instance my morning health routine, which usually consists of either yoga, prayer, meditation, or some kind of fun exercise routine that usually includes dancing.

Starting my day with any of the above, helps to align my day.

On the other hand, when I start my day with checking my phone, having to do last night’s dishes, or being in the state of stress of making 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and making sure all 4 kids are out the door by 7:25 AM, and I didn’t put one of those things into order before the chaos began, either my day goes awry or I simply find myself feeling “off”.

And sometimes that one “off” day can lead to an “off” week.

And sometimes an “off” week can lead to an “off” month.

And before I know it, well, I’m just feeling “off” and can’t put my finger on why.

And to get myself back on track, I usually implement some sort of order to it.

Typically, I reinstate my morning routine.

It’s not to say I aspire to be robotic in my behaviors and lifestyle choices.

There definitely is room for spontaneity and joy in every moment.

Yet, I can say for a fact that maintaining some sort of order in my life does help me stay healthy and feel a closer connection to God – whether it’s my morning routine, saying a blessing before I eat, reading to my kids before they go to sleep, saying a prayer before I retire for the night, or any other ritual that I’ve picked up over the years.

Order helps me. Order stabilizes me. Order supports me to feel connected to myself, to others, and to a greater purpose.

What about you?

Have you ever thought about it?

How (if at all) does order play a role in your life?

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