So last post I talked about change and how many times if we step back and take a look at the big picture it often helps keep the situation in a proper perspective.
Sometimes even planned change can take us by surprise.
Yes… I did just say that. I know it sounds like an oxymoron however it’s very true.
A week and a half ago I helped my parents move from the house they have lived in for 37 years. It’s the house that I grew up in. It’s home to our family.
The process started months ago as my mother and I discussed the functionality of their home for them as they age. Mainly the bedrooms are on the second floor and the only bathroom is on the main floor.
We know that the risk of falling increases as we age and even though both of my parents and strong and in good health it was something that needed to be talked about.
Long story short. They decided it was a good time to move.
They bought a smaller house in a neighborhood that will suit them well.
The big day finally came!
The family gathered and like a finely choreographed whirlwind all of their belongings where transferred from one location to another in a matter of a few short hours.
All of this was very intentional and calculated.
Still at the end of the day there were so many experiences that could not be anticipated. Even for myself as I returned to the empty house where I grew up I was surprised by the emotion I experienced; a sadness; the closing of a chapter in our lives.
While visiting my parents the next day they expressed feeling homesick; longing for the usual, the normal, the known.
In time we will all adjust and this proves my point. Change is hard, and, it is necessary. I believe that we all manage change better when we embrace it rather than fight it. And while keeping the big picture in mind we can gracefully change and grow.