Today, I’m in my home working on the final column that I’ll pen from this location. Next week, I’ll write my first column from our new home.
We are in a season of change and transition.
I’ve written some part of my books or columns, from every space in this home. As I walk from room to room, the memories of children, now adults, are overwhelming. I remember our first night here and how we all ended up in one bedroom as the noises of the new home settling were a bit unsettling to our senses, but our first experiences hearing a pack of coyotes howling in our front pasture sent everyone scrambling in terror into our bedroom.
Pictures taken at our front door of our children’s first day of school ... a house full of their friends scrambling in after classes to snack and unwind.
I remember every Thursday night, how our home would fill with over sixty high school students, craving mac and cheese, and chili dip. Arlene was Director for our local high schools “Campus Life / Youth for Christ” program. I remember the laughter of these wonderful students still echoing through the entire place. This home has touched many lives through these last twenty-six years.
A friend that I met on several of my book tours, as I was on his radio show, on KSFO in San Francisco, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, once said, “I believe the lives of people leave an imprint on this earth. I feel and sense them as I travel to new locations. Important events remain. You must open your heart and mind to feel them.”
I know he is right. I feel the imprint of our lives together permanently imprinted onto this home and forty acres. I hope the new owners will be open to feeling the joy left behind.
A new beginning!
We’ll move on Tuesday and Wednesday. As you read this, the transition from old to new will be in motion or already in place. Decisions will be made about where furniture will fit and how our new routine will flow in this unfamiliar space.
The late-great Zig Ziglar famously said, “The greatest successes in life often happen when we change locations.” I agree. Old habits are broken, and we look at life through fresh eyes. A new perspective reveals new experiences and opportunities. Arlene and I are enthused about our new life prospects.
We’ve loved our lives here and we’ll leave with a touch of sadness but enter this new season of our lives with optimism.
As the old hymn proclaims, “it is well with my soul.”
What is the moral to this story?
Embrace change with enthusiasm. We can’t fight the aging process and the inevitable transition in our needs. Life is always shifting and evolving. Nothing stays the same. Embrace the change and be creative. Be optimistic. Believe the best is yet to come. Seek out and find the good, then enjoy the new opportunities brought on by the change. To do otherwise only brings on sadness and depression.
I choose optimism and happiness in this new season of my life.
Won’t you join me?
— Gary W. Moore is a freelance columnist, speaker, and author of three books including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at garywmoore.com.
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