Disruption has always fascinated me. As a kid like many, I loved disaster movies. I think my favorite was The Towering Inferno, a horrible iconic 70’s movie about a skyscraper catching fire and of course loss of life, selfish human behavior and of course heroism. Wow, that movie really seems morbid now in the post 9-11 world. But my point is that disruption is a constant part of our lives and I think it is for the good. I think this is why Lost continues to be so popular. It is ultimately about the disruption of all those characters and the telling of their back stories.
We are constantly provided chances to either embrace or avoid disruption but like a new favorite quote I read recently, “it is better to disrupt oneself before someone else disrupts us.” (please let me know if you know who said this.)
Why am I writing about this topic on a site about connection, communication and influence? I find I have the most to offer when I am daily inviting it into my life. I rarely have significant things to share or contribute on the days I seek out comfort and stability. My posts and communication become about me and not others. I atrophy.
I am trying to make it a practice to visit a monastery near my house to get in some personal retreats a couple of times a week. They have these great forest trails throughout the nearly two thousand acres of property. On one of my first visits I noticed that many of their road and path intersections are signs saying “dangerous intersection”. As I thought about these signs I realized that yes, there were obvious physical circumstances like blind corners and such on the grounds but most of all I think these signs stated the obvious of a life of constant growth, breakthrough and trial. My wife’s brother has been part of another monastic order for nearly a decade now and he has shared many stories of transformation. Many of them were marked by initial disruption to habits, assumptions and patterns in his life.
Instead of covering this in one post I am going to explore it through at least three. My initial idea is to write about physical, cultural and personal disruption but depending on your comments, those might change. So please share any disruptive stories, advice, and wisdom. I imagine this will be a comical, deepening and interesting exploration.