Moving is an
Act of Personal Power
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, "Bloom Where You Are
Planted." It is a great notion and basically teaches us that we can
grow, learn and thrive regardless of our present life circumstances.
Where we are in life, with all the good, difficult, confusing, and
exciting choices that arise, it is never an excuse to wither or
quit. Your spirit can negotiate these turns, blips and issues
famously well and thrive because of them.
While this simple philosophy of thriving where we are
“planted” now holds truth, consider that there are times when we
feel the urge to find a “new pot” in which to bloom. People often
feel the pull to move to another city, find a new job or in keeping
with this analogy, BLOOM somewhere new or different. Some call this
chasing a dream or running away, while others define it as running
towards something and even seeking a fresh start. Since, "Where
ever you go, there you are" is truth, your personal issues, way of
being, level of health, personality, ego and all its luggage will
move along with you to your new location. When you move, you trade
nothing about you, but your zip code. Your problems will not go away
and your way of dealing with others or a crisis will not
automatically improve, but there are many positive surges that come
along with to moving to a new place.
Why do you want to move? If you think you'll be a "new
person" in a new city---reconsider the move. If you think you'll be
a "better person" in a new city, that is wholly different. Moving
can be running away , but it is not always---it can be an act of
personal power too. There are five reasons that moving is an act of
1. Moving offers a chance to clean house. Each day we
accumulate “stuff and things.” Moving requires you to touch
everything you own. You will have to decide if the couch worth 50
bucks is worth spending $200 to move a few thousand miles. You will
have to decide if you’ll ever wear those ties again, use all 47
bottles of nail polish and if the contents in your junk drawer
should find its place in a trash bin or recycling container. You
will likely donate things which will release a lot of stagnant
energy over there at your place.
2. Moving works the brain like a good Soduko Puzzle.
Deciding to move takes a lot of effort in terms of logistics. You’ll
have to disconnect one phone and internet connection and establish
another, forward your mail, change addresses in your financial
records and bills, inform friends, pack, finding a new job.... the
list is lenghty. Further, when you get "there" you will need to find
a mechanic you trust, the dry cleaner, gym and so on.... You are
very engaged with your new environment and you have to be in order
to thrive. That is one quality missing from the lives of many
when blooming in the same pot year after year. We operate on auto
pilot so often that we may not realize that it is time for change,
somewhere. We know exactly how many steps down aisle 6 you can find
the cans of tuna fish at the grocery store and may pass another
product we may enjoy more if we only saw it.
3. A new environment fosters new patterns of action.
If you have a hard time getting to the gym in Atlanta, you are
probably going to still have a hard time in San Diego. But when you
move, you are establishing new routines, a fresh outlook and it is a
great time to commit to a new way of being. This can include your
fitness, sleep patterns, financial responsibility, relationships and
frankly a fresh start to any other pattern of action you want to
erase or improve on.
4. The people you'll meet, the experiences you'll have.
There is a lot waiting to unfold before you in this new place.
There will be new opportunities for growth, new friendships and
relationships that you may one day cherish even more than any
relationship you have present in your life today! After just a short
time in your new location you may hear yourself gratefully musing,
“If I didn’t move I would have never met____ or learned ____.”
5. Create a new image. We know that we are not what
has happened to us. Further, we know we are not what we
have done or experienced. We are not our mistakes and we
are not our paychecks and degrees (or lack thereof).
But when you relocate, like an 18 year old who breaks out of the
high school paradigm and blossoms in college---you can step out to a
greater degree into the shoes of the bigger person you are meant to
be. You’ll discover abundant opportunities to create yourself anew
in a way that suits the modern day you, the new you, and the smarter
you. If our physical bodies are created completely anew every 7
years, then you are truly NOT who you used to be! Let your spirit
expand and evolve similarly too.
Your spirit may
be nudging you to go somewhere, and for a good reason. You may not
understand the “whys” right now, but it is guaranteed that one day
you will. If your decision to find a new pot is rooted in your
personal power as mentioned above, and not fear or the desire to
"run away," there is little doubt that this change is scripted for
you and you should consider embracing and riding the wave of change
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