Has Anyone Seen My Toothbrush?

Apart from the birth of a child, I can think of no voluntary action more disruptive than moving. Nothing throws you out of your routine faster than having to search for every

When our expectations are disrupted, our way of seeing things can change.

When our expectations are disrupted, our way of seeing things can change.

single item you want, or having to remember in what cupboard, drawer or closet you have put it.

You know exactly what it is like.

Have you ever thought about how moving represents a total break in your routine, and as such, it is more than disruptive, it is also  invigorating?

A dictionary defines disruption as a “disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.” It goes on:

  • To throw into confusion or disorder.
  • To interrupt or impede the progress, movement, or procedure of
  • To break or burst; rupture.

The Thesaurus lists more than 35 synonyms for disruption, ranging from a breaking off to dislocation to interpellation to tumult to uproar.

What I find most interesting is that none of the definitions nor none of the synonyms suggest anything positive or beneficial about a disruption.

I think we’ve collectively short-changed ourselves by not considering the positive benefits of disruption. Just as stress can be good or bad, depending on how you respond to it, I believe a planned disruption can be good if you are open to the opportunities it brings. The birth of a child is a planned disruption and it lasts for the rest of your life, altering it forever. By comparison, a move, while altering your life in small ways (different places for your stuff, different driving routes, new friends, just to name a few), only alters your life in any meaningful way if you choose to let it.

Moving is a Chance to Reinvent

If you let it, the monumental disruption of relocation can open the door to longer-lasting disruptions to your life. Not in the devastating way an earthquake at sea can trigger a tsunami on shore, but in positive ways that affect how you experience life. When your routine is dramatically and irrevocably altered, you’re forced to change many small things, and that can give you the courage and momentum to change bigger things too.

Moving is a reinvention of where you live. It can also be a reinvention of how you live. For instance, you may change your eating or exercise habits, take up a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, or address a long-standing issue in a significant relationship. Whatever change is needed in your life, changing your physical location can be the impetus you need to make other dramatic changes. Of course, you don’t have to move from your house to do it, you could just rearrange some furniture and repurpose a few cupboards.

The First Thing to Open is Your Mind

It all starts with opening your mind to what is possible, and to what you really want in life, and then going after it, with all the energy, determination and courage you possess.

To be honest, I have yet to experience the invigorating aspects of this particular move, but I know from past moves to be open to experience them. I wait with curiosity and, I admit, a little bit of dread. Change is scary. Of course not everything needs to change. Some routines are best left as they have been. Like where you leave your toothbrush.

Life Is Honest, Open and True

Sometimes the best way to handle a significant disruption is to be open to receive the positive changes that come with it.

How have you handled the significant disruptions in your life? Have you found the invigorating or positive aspects to them? Stop by our Life is HOT blog Facebook Group and leave a comment or tweet me @LifeIsHOTBlog with the hash tag #LifeIsHOT!
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