The National Geographic held its 2011 photo contest  and as usual (and expected) some outstanding images were captured. There are so many creative people in this world! Jealous much 🙂

There was one particular photo that caught my attention. It has a caption by the photographer Russell Watkins and it reads, “an unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were less mosquitos than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods. (© Russell Watkins)”

I was mesmerized by this image. There were a thousand responses all at once… horror, deep sadness, amazement, intrigue, respect, mystery, fear, wonderment, appreciation and the list goes on.  The thought that captured me for my blog was in the reflection after reading the caption by Russell Watkins. Out of the unexplainable came a blessing which simply no one expected.

The disruption of change, whether it be on a scale like the flood waters of 2010 or the birth of a couples first child or the adjustment of your bosses vision for the work place… may seem unexplainable to you…but  if you look for the possibility within that situational change you will be ready to grab hold of it as it emerges from the ‘receding waters’. However, YOU MUST BE READY!

The journey through change; the feelings, thoughts, emotions and physical ‘pain’ must become our teacher. If we do not engage with them we lose the opportunity to move. By not engaging with these elements we became stuck, sometimes so stuck we are unable to move ahead. At times we end up setting up camp around these lost experiences as we continue to disengage, hide from them. Some even end up building whole cities around these lost opportunities.

Horizon Dwellers watch, listen, engage, prepare to look to the learning opportunity. Horizon Dwellers swift through the change opportunity and grab hold of what they can from the teacher. Just like the spiders, in the image, they find the opportunity in the moment of change, in the disruption… with the result, unexpected blessing to those within their sphere of influence.

A Horizon Dweller looks through the seemingly disruptive moments of change, engages with it, grabs the truth and becomes changed as a result of it. The change-ology then; embraces the learning, influences the future and drives the adapted purpose.

Every disruption can lead you to a mountain top. At times, I take a while to find it, but I can honestly say that facing it head on, learning, engaging and influencing my purpose has not let me down yet… I have always found the mountain top.

I hope you do too as you face those moments! I would love to chat or hear about your journey…