It’s amazing how the trajectory of your life can change with one decision.
While you may not have realized it, dear friends, I’ve been in Costa Rica over the last two weeks on a scouting trip. And, just like that, (*snap*) my son has a new school, we have a new home and we’re packing up our lives to move internationally in a month.
Exciting?! Definitely! But also overwhelming and a bit frightening too.
I’m not frightened of living in Costa Rica. Far from it. I’m not frightened of the change. I get energized in situations like this. What frightens me is how we’ll all show up in the midst of the chaos that is sure to ensue during this move.
When life feels out of control, because you’re managing so many moving pieces and making a million decisions a day, we tend to misplace our kinder, gentler selves. We react. We get short with one another. We entrench. Battle lines get drawn (“No, you cannot bring all the Legos of your youth to Costa Rica!”). Our better selves fall by the wayside.
However exciting big changes may be, we human beings who like our comfort zones, are sure to shapeshift on any given day when those zones are threatened.
So in addition to my never-ending-to-do-list, I know I need to add, “Ground yourself. Breathe.” Because what’s at stake is bigger than simply getting our stuff from point A to point B.
This has been a year of enormous change for all of us. Who will we be on the other side?
Will the person you bring to your life’s activities be someone who represents your values? Will they be the person you hope they will be when things get hard? Will the you who carries the weight of your responsibilities also be the you who is representative of your better self?
Only time will tell.
But this life is not an all or nothing thing. There will be good moments and reactive moments. You will not be all one way or another. Because you’re human.
It’s how you continue to bring yourself back to the you you want to be that matters. Who do you want to be in your story?
These are questions that will keep me centered these next few months, as we pack up our lives for our grand adventure.
Let’s remind ourselves, friends, that life, in-of-itself, is a grand adventure. How we show up on a minute-to-minute-basis matters. Who we become on the other side is simply the sum of those actions. Who do you want to be? How about…
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