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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 16

From the outside looking in, some events can appear chaotic. However, from the inside looking out, there is often a rhythm and system to these same events. In other words, the theory of chaos is the apparent randomness of chaotic complex system while there are underlying patterns and interconnectedness that keep the system moving. Much like the juggler, who appears to keep multiple balls in the air at the same time, it may all seem chaotic and random. For the juggler, there is a perfect balance within the rhythm of the system. This perfect balance can easily be thrown off when the juggler loses the focus of his/her task. With the many challenges that we, as a world and as individuals are juggling, quality relationships are essential to maintaining our balance and focus. Some of these relationships can include family members, friends, associates, spiritual beliefs, one’s self, mankind and the environment. The quality of these relationships can assist us in maintaining the delicate balance of chaos without becoming chaotic.


Key Takeaways

  • The multitude of challenges that the world is facing can seem overwhelming.

  • Quality relationship building can assist us in maintaining or creating our balance.

  • To better understand today’s challenges, it is important to seek patterns, interconnectedness and repetitions.

Best Practices

  • Take the time, energy and focus necessary for maintaining and developing quality relationships.

  • Enhance one’s knowledge of history by reading, watching and listening to documentaries and, meeting with others who have lived the history.

  • In order to have the stamina to enhance our relationship building, it is important to practice self-care, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Things to Limit

  • Allowing pettiness to become your focus.

  • Victim mentality and it’s energy/depletion.

  • Hateful thinking and speaking.


Quote of the Week

“Comedy isn’t necessarily all dialogue. Think of *Buster Keaton: the poker face and all this chaos going on all around him. Sometimes it’s a question of timing, of the proper rhythm.”

~ Clint Eastwood

*Buster Keaton was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer of the first half of the 20th Century


In summary, with numerous issues confronting us in today’s world, it is important to keep above the fray of the turmoil so that one does not get caught up in the craziness of the moment or of the day. In order to maintain and enhance one’s balance, developing honest and deep relationships is health enhancing.

Be well,

Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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