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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.

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…