As much as this headline might scream that it’s about Donald Trump 😉 , it’s not! It’s about moving – from homes and cities, from jobs and institutions, and from situations we might be stuck in. And learning lessons from moving.
Lessons From Moving
Recently, a blogger I know, Ramya Abhinand shared that she and her family were moving from one naval base to another city. She mentioned that it was time to say goodbye to their home of a few years and shared these lovely words.
“Packing up. The nagging worry of departure. When shutting drawers and flinging wide a wardrobe, or the impersonal shelves of a furnished villa, I am aware of sadness, of a sense of loss. Here, I say, we have lived, we have been happy. This has been ours, however brief the time. We leave something of ourselves behind. Nothing material, not a hair-pin on a dressing-table, not an empty bottle of Aspirin tablets, not a handkerchief beneath a pillow, but something indefinable, a moment of our lives, a thought, a mood. This house sheltered us, we spoke, we loved within those walls. That was yesterday. Today we pass on, we see it no more, and we are different, changed in some infinitesimal way”from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
With Dad being in the army, moving out was an integral part of my childhood. We moved houses, cities and schools every second year. After Dad retired too we moved quite a few times until he bought a house. My Mum was an ace packer – she had boxes and crates ready to move at short notice, so moving out never seemed like a big deal. It was always exciting to go to a new town and a new school, but hard too to let go of friends and familiar places.
What I Learned From Moving
As Du Maurier’s words go, these houses, towns, experiences and people did change me in ways that are hard to explain. And I of course, took that for granted when I was younger. Now I look back and see what I learned from moving.
#1 Don’t be too attached to material things (the one exception for me is books!) – nothing lasts forever.
#2 Resilience – realizing that we can land on our feet after set backs and unexpected changes in life situations.
#3 Adjustment – I can adjust to new places, new situations, and new people quite easily.
#4 Inconveniences are a part of life. There’s no point grumbling too much about things not going exactly the way we want it to.
#5 Every new situation is a chance to learn something new.
#6 No matter what changes around us, we must stick to our core values – that’s all that lasts in the long run.
#7 There’s good and bad in every culture. We can’t put a culture or practice down without trying to figure out why it’s there in the first place.
#8 It’s never too hard to cultivate new relationships and while old friends are important, we don’t have to get down and depressed without them.
#9 Be grateful for what you have while you have it. Sometimes, you take for granted all that you have, until you don’t have it anymore!
#10 Self-reliance is important – we must learn to be strong. While we do need other people, we can’t demand and expect them to drop everything and be there for us.
Giving Thanks and What We Leave Behind
These days when I move house and even when I move out of a hotel room, I give thanks for the place for sheltering me and pray that the next person who occupies it will also be safe and well. And that’s what I leave behind – good wishes.
Have you moved around a lot? What are the lessons you’ve learned from moving?
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