“Sometimes the change that is the hardest to face is the one that is needed the most!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It’s moving day!
After 10,683 days – more than 29 1/2 years – Christa and I are moving today from our wonderful home and office to a new city west of here. It’s a big and complicated move, occurring within the surgical logistical precision at which my wife excels.
Emotionally, it’s a big step. My family jokes – with some accuracy – that while I preach a message of change on the stage, I myself struggle often with the idea. That is true from many perspectives – as with the concept of this move, which I fought for a time until I saw the infinite logic within the process.
Although just 75km (or 50 miles) west of here, it’s a big move. We’ve lived and worked (together) for most of our married life here; we welcomed our sons into our lives and raised them into young men; we built a strange and wonderful business as a global futurist and keynote speaker while writing some 39 books … we worked through five major renovations and countless minor ones to make it into our own space. When your home is your office for almost 30 years, you spend a LOT of time here.
And yet, it’s time to go.
My wife and I always said that we would eventually end up moving closer to where our sons might eventually locate. Our oldest, Willie, works as a drone pilot, and our youngest, Tom, works as an investment advisor/wealth manager, both within the area to which we are moving. (For my overseas and American friends, it’s called Guelph, Ontario, Canada). We figure they have mostly settled into the locale where they will continue to build their own lives with the love of their own lives, Laura and Kim. We know this could always change – and yet, we are comfortable with our decision. (They are too!)
The move comes at an opportune time. My wife and I are not yet old, but we aren’t yet young. She, being the wiser one in our marriage, knows that it is best to purge and downsize our lives when the timing is right – rather than when the wrong time might come about. We also have the opportunity to build new lives in a new, smaller community, forge new friendships, find new activities – and most important of all, nurture our lives and our loves with the close embrace of family.
Change is never easy.
Difficult change is always hard.
But change, in and of itself, is often the foundation for overwhelming joy!