In my first two days in the midst of the desert that I struggled to move to, and as I began to wear my “cloak of invisibility” each time I left the compound ~ I met a family that had lived outside of Paris for a few years. (That is a destination I would have preferred!) The mother of this family shared how much more thinking and planning she had to do to get her two children around while they were there with no car. Planning transportation routes, figuring out how much time it would take, preparing snacks before they would get on the trains, having to go to multiple stores to grocery shop.
Wow, what a perspective change!
Immediately I felt a wave of thankfulness for all the things that are easy about my new world.
- I can either ride a bus that is provided by the compound to shop, or hire a driver that will take me wherever I need to go.
- Most places have signs in the native language of the area AND in English, making it easier to get around and much easier to shop.
- And in spite of my fear about living in a brown dusty desert – the compound I live in has grass, trees, and flowers.
What a powerful reminder that so many times the change we fear is not as hard or as bad as we imagined and that if we focus on “what is” instead of “what is not” – how much easier it is to find things to be thankful for!
My treasured moments so far have included:
- Opportunities to meet the women that I connected to virtually before my move that offered advice and encouragement.
- Opportunities to attend brunches and exercise classes with women from all over the world – I am enjoying both the beautiful bouquet that we make together and soaking in the conversation that is filled with different accents, and different experiences, and a genuine desire to help each other navigate this place together!
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