The downsizing is underway. I am surprised with the feeling of loss that comes as I part with many of my items. In addition, I’m having difficulty knowing that downsizing will eventually mean moving from our present home to something smaller and more manageable. I want to be assured, or at least believe, that the replacement will bring me as much tranquility and joy as this home has. But we do not have a “plan” — we have some ideas but I think this change frightens both Bruce and I. Even in the midst of these fears, I am moved to “throw caution to the wind.” I keep hearing the words of Lee Ann Wormack in I Hope You Dance:I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance Never settle for the path of least resistance Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking
Helen Keller had some thoughts on the subject too:Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
And Washington Iving, assures us that there’s good even when we experience a worsening in our situation because of change.There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place. ~Washington Irving
(By the way, that is so Pollyannish, I just love it!)
Funny how when I look back on our life together, I tend to think of Bruce and I as masters of the “safe and predictable” but with a bit more thought I realize that is not necessarily true.
We made a choice early on to “take the road less traveled” in regards to the building of our family. So here we are again, at a crossroad — with a decision to make, one that could make “all the difference.”If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~ Author Unknown
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves. ~André Gide
Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~Pauline R. Kezer