I don’t think it’s a surprise to most people that moving ranks third on the list of most stressful life events. And if it does… you haven’t made a move recently.
In fact, moving is the third most stressful life event, just behind the death of a loved one at the number one spot, and divorce being second. There’s lots of reasons for moving to be a stressful life event, the finances, the never-ending to do list, the constant cleaning and packing, the emotional toll of goodbyes. There’s a long list of hard things associated with making a move.
But there’s also a long list of things to enjoy when making a move like starting over, beginning new things, exploring new places, making new friends, and learning more about the world and the people in it.
Like everything in life, if you look for hard, you will find hard. But if you look for good, you can find good.
Is it time to move? Are you moving on or moving forward? Moving away? Here are some quotes about moving that spark excitement in my soul for new things and new adventures:
At the core of your decision to make a relocation, curiosity is likely the true reason. What will our life be like in a different region? Will being in a big city give me the inspiration I’ve been looking for? Will my kids live fuller lives somewhere else? Will this pay raise afford us things we’ve had to go without? Your burning desire to see what’s on the other side of the move can keep you going when the move gets hard. Stay curious.
This is a fact. And it applies to every type of change. Before you can see the fruit of making a change, you’ve gotta go through some chaos. Before the toy room can be organized, it must be destroyed. Before relationships can be healed, the pains hiding under the surface have to come to light. And before you can turn the page on a chapter in your life, you’re going to have to go through some purging, packing, organizing, hauling, moving, lugging, learning, relocating chaos.
If the overwhelm of your upcoming move is getting in your head, get going. Start working on your packing list, plan a garage sale, start researching moving companies. Movement at any pace can stop the fear spiral.
Did you know it was Jesus who encouraged us to shake the dust off our feet? This phrase can sound calloused, but it’s helpful advise when the time has come to move on. In this scenario, Jesus is encouraging his disciples before they set out to tell the neighboring towns about the work Jesus has been doing. Jesus knows they will come face to face with those who reject the message, and therefore reject them. He doesn’t encourage them to press on, keep trying to convince them to believe, he says to move on to the next town, where more people are waiting for you and your message. We have to leave some people/places/scenarios/opportunities behind, because better ones lie ahead.
Is everybody a dreamer? I’m not sure, but I know I am. I’ve always had a longing in my heart for somewhere else, as long as I can remember. I’m not sure this place really exists, but the urge to keep moving and searching lives on.
Let this quote carry you through the days you begin to wonder what on earth you’re even doing this for. Why am I leaving all the people and places I love? Remember that the things that really matter move with you. And you have the opportunity to build a life full of the things you love anywhere.
Another poignant thought on moving from the Lord of the universe. Jesus was hated everywhere He did His work. But He was hated most, and almost murdered, in His hometown, among those who had known Him from boyhood. If you’ve done anything worthwhile, you can relate to this sentiment. No one doubts, puts down, or thinks lower of you more than those in your hometown. Those who are sure you won’t amount to anything special. Maybe it’s time for you to leave your hometown behind.
We can’t see what’s ahead, and during a move you spend a lot of time thinking about what’s behind you. There are hard goodbyes, last times, and favorite places you may not see for a while. These things are worth mourning, but don’t forget that just on the other side of all the endings are beginnings.
When I was younger I would watch the birds and think, “if I was a bird, I’d be flying up above the clouds and all over.” It’s hard to understand why birds don’t take advantage of a gift as amazing as flying… but don’t we do that exact same thing? We have so much freedom to make choices that can lead to thrilling adventures, but we tend to just stay put. We may not be able to fly, but we sure can move.
It’s true. There’s no reason you can’t. Starting over is a privilege equally distributed to every human on earth. Take it if you want it.
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