Moving can be a bitter sweet time. For me, I had to sort through all of my belongings and decide what the keep, sell, donate and throw away. Fortunately, down-sizing wasn’t the hardest part of moving.
Leaving your family and friends behind is what causes the bitterness in the moving experience. Those relationships will either break apart after the first few years, or remain connected forever.
Find ways to strengthen the relationships you want to savor. You might invite them out for dinner, to a movie, or just hang out at a park reminiscing about years gone by while taking pictures to add to your memories.
As the time approaches to move, anxious thoughts creep in. What if I don’t like it? What if it takes a long time to find a church? What if I get sick before I find a new doctor? The list goes on. What if?…
Along with the thoughts, comes fluttering in your heart and stomach – more symptoms of being anxious. You know that moving is the best thing for you, but it’s hard to take the first step.
Each time I have moved, it has taken a good year to feel settled in the new area.
Within the first year, the sweetness part of moving begins to appear with experiencing new and exciting adventures: places to eat, educational places to visit/tour, a church, perhaps a school or job, and even where to shop. And you make new friends.
Before you know it, the absence of your family and friends has been pushed out of your mind. Even the frequency of contacting them through emails and FB has slowed down. You realize God has placed new people in your life for this new season/journey.
So the next time you find yourself in the position to move or stay, remember moving can be a bitter sweet time.