The first is a quote by Deepak Chopra. It says, “All great changes are preceded by chaos.”
To me this brings a message of optimism and hope. It says that even though we seem to be living through a time of chaos it is likely that some “great change” will come out of it.
The questions then arise, what change? And how can we find it?
The second image, with a quote by Donna Karan, provides a first step. It says, “It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.”
The world itself is not chaotic. It follows very simple paths: the laws of nature. What has become chaotic is the way some people make sense of the world and the actions they then take. This is where the chaos comes from.
If we want to find a way forward, collectively and as individuals, our first step has to be to find calm. It might be the calm of a beach, as is shown in the photo. Or it might be the calm of a forest, a hill, or a stream. Or it might be the calm that we can find within ourselves.
Whatever the source that works for you, the better you are able to find that calm the better you will be able to make sense of your situation and decide a way forward. This ability to Centre, Ground, and Deepen our connection with ourselves is the work of Chapter 1 of Inner Leadership.
Once we have done that then we can turn to designing the Great Changes. But first chaos and then calm are the necessary first steps.
See also this post on how getting into a ‘muddle’ is an essential first step to innovation.