"The first step toward getting somewhere is deciding you are not going to stay where you are."
After thirty years of living at one address, we are moving. As you might imagine, you accumulate a lot of stuff in thirty years.The house is filled with boxes, holding dishes, photo albums, books, holiday ornaments, and much more, all awaiting the moving men.
So far, it has been a quite a journey. We have made more trips to Good Will than I can count!
Thanks to craigslist and freecycle, we have given away furniture, toys, books, chimes, and all sorts of home goods.
Thanks to family and friends we have stashed artwork in cellars and Christmas decorations in basements. We have entrusted precious family heirlooms, like the Cop Bear, to one of my brothers.
As we have burrowed into our own personal archaeological dig, we have unearthed treasures of our past, such as my father's box of personal effects including a talisman from Italy that he brought home from the war.
As exciting as the prospect of moving to a new place is, this has also been an incredibly stressful time.
Many is the time during these past few months that we have felt exhausted by the daily tasks of sorting, bagging, boxing, and disposing of the stuff of thirty years. There were times when we asked ourselves, Why? Why are we doing this? Why don't we just pull the plug and go back to the way things were?
The more stuff, the harder the move.
This process seems to me to be a good metaphor for personal growth and change.
It can be hard to start. It can be hard to push on and push through. You may feel like you've made a mistake. You may be tempted to throw in the towel.
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
I'm learning some lessons as a result of our decision to move.
Deciding to move is deciding to change.
Terrence Seamon coaches his clients through change. Follow him on twitter @tseamon, and on facebook Facilitation Solutions.