Tag Archive: Hope

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.12.59 pmHave you ever been in a situation where you felt that it leaves stuck in that moment… an argument, a toxic relationship, a seemingly incurable dilemma? The result; leaving us to regularly ruminate about the interaction/s. What do we do to break this thought cycle? How do we do it is so important for our wellbeing and capacity to go forward.

It’s at this time, in our thought life, we have to make some serious decisions. Decisions that matter. Decisions which shift us up a gear and onto the ‘open road’ of free thinking.

Some suggest a long run or a hard work out to clear the mind. While others suggest a good shop or a favourite location helps to bring a clearer perspective. These are some good suggestions but they can only bring us part way to solving this kind of personal challenge.

The second part, and the more complex, is what we decide to do with our thinking. It’s always complex and rarely resolvable in an instant. We must strive, however, to make choices which visibly change our pathway. By this I mean our behaviour must change to match our change in thinking. Saying I’ll stop eating chocolate and then having some a few hours later isn’t matching thinking and behaviour. Saying you will not eat chocolate every day and then eating it only on the weekend does match behaviour with thinking.

To break the cycle we need to stop complaining about the situation. Complaining to ourselves and others is not good for the soul. We also need to stop taking offense. This offense is the birthplace of resentment and there is simply no goodness in resentment. None whatsoever.

Thirdly we need to look for new thinking opportunities. To do this, some people I know write their thinking down, while others share with a mentor to unpack the complexities of thought. I personally find a combination is perfect for me. The conversation with a mentor cuts the complaining out and sets the new thinking on the right track. The writing helps to form an accountability for the new thinking opportunities. Together these two create and support a world of change and makes all the difference. As a result we can now begin spending our time thinking about what’s to come rather than what caught us up.

As a Horizon Dweller I know the importance of these deliberate actions. Horizon Dwellers know that these steps provide the power and the purpose to embark on the next journey. They know it gets them to the ‘open road’ and sets them on a new course of thinking.

There maybe some other strategies which work for you… Share with us your tools of success.

Finishing a race well!

Each of us make journeys that are life changing. Each of us find these journeys have a finishing point.These finishing points can be as important as the journey itself. Finishing well has so many ramifications. How we finish impacts our lessons from the journey… How we finish impacts how we begin the next journey…
What then are the keys to finishing well?

1. Honour those who have honored you.
2. Strengthen relationships with those about you.
3. Look for opportunity to leave your space in an outstanding way
4. Fill the space you are leaving with a clear and positive feel
5. Share your vision with those around you, leaving a voice of common achievement in the community.
6. Share your vision with those around you so they have a reconnected sense of self to their space, position and the system.
7. Focus your community to a sense hope within the space they are remaining in.

Any space, where humans co-exist, there are complex networks of relationships, important to you and the others in the shared space. It is an ecosystem  – like the image above. This pic is of my favourite walks in the mountains. When I am there I can feel life abounding. Every part of the environment sings in harmony…last time I was there, I just sat and listened to the soundscape – such a beautiful and rich tapestry of wonder! Every aspect of life you can see in the image has an important role to play. When a significant part of the system is removed/changed the balance and integrity of the system is in a crucial phase.  It is the same with human ‘eco systems’. It is important to reconnect people’s sense of place and hope as major shift happens. Much of this can be strategically done while you are existing but some of this re-establishing of healthy systems needs to be done after you have left… once the space has been grounded  and the healing has begun.

As horizon dwellers we should have a mind for others and systems in phases of change. Our mind should be one that  aims to bless and encourage and build a sense of hope. It needs to be strategic and well executed. For no matter how small you think you are you ARE part of that networked system and YOU will effect change as you leave the space.

It’s an honoured position to be in though and therefore one well worth your time, integrity and passion. Be the difference you want to see within the space of change. Be able to look back at the ‘eco system’ you have left and be able to celebrate its stability and growth. This will be beginnings of your next journey, empowered, resourced and with a vision of the next horizon ahead.

Resilient Beauty

This photo came from National Geographic ‘photo of the month’. It is a image of glacial waters in Iceland, entitled ‘Resilient Beauty’. I find it to be quite mesmerizing.

Looking carefully at the rushing waters spilling over the edge of the glacier you can imagine the power it carries with it to move, erode or totally transform all that may lay in its way. However, in the forefront of the image you can see a lone rock sustaining life. This is powerful imagery!

Natural power can be overwhelming. It does not concern itself with people or places. If it is time for action, then it acts regardless of the hour. It often brings with it a force which few can recon with. It is spontaneous, potent and seemingly ruthless. It’s source seems to be amazingly strong and without limitation.  Life can sometimes feel like this kind of natural power is coming about us!?

So how can this power be sourced and managed?

This is a  question I was pondering when looking at this image. How can this rock and it’s life form stand the relentlessness of its place in life? Then I got to thinking how do we, as Horizon Dwellers, do the same in our life situations?

There is one thing that we can be assured of.  The foundation of this rock is stronger than the force which is coming against it. As such it is a place of deep strength and its sustainability is totally reliable. The life that is consequently dependent on it is able to flourish and blossom. Become it’s fulfilled purpose!

We need to find that deep, sustainable strength to be a place where we can maintain our sense of place and personhood. There are many sources of sustainable strength: faith, loved ones, places of retreat. Whatever it is for you, you must be thoroughly purposeful and diligent in maintaining your connectivity with it. This source will mean your journey will be sustainable .  Anything less will result in  fracturing as external forces relentlessly push their way into our lives.  We will become a known place of hope and a challenger to anchor into their source of personal power. This is our resilient beauty. The beauty of resilience!

Horizon Dwellers are not overwhelmed by their present. Horizon Dwellers go to their source and anchor themselves so that they can steadfastly face the challenge, look to their hope and reach their potential. Horizon Dwellers find, like the rock and life in this image, that they are sustainably strong and consequently viably rich for life to prosper because of their powerful  anchorage into their deep sources of strength.

Challenge: Find your source, reconnect and maintain the connectivity, bring hope and life to your situation and others.