Updated: Jan 5
After a somewhat disappointing week due to the delay of our furniture, we were blessed by some unexpected surprises! (Week 2)
First, our paralegal who had worked with us for several years at our law firm in Florida but later relocated to Kentucky just "happened" to be visiting her granddaughter two miles away from where we lived. We had not seen her in 15 years so it was a tremendous blessing! We were able to connect on a special level and enjoyed a truly wonderful evening:). The key takeaway from their visit for me was this;
"𝓣𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓹𝓮𝓸𝓹𝓵𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓖𝓸𝓭 𝓹𝓵𝓪𝓬𝓮𝓼 𝓲𝓷 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓬𝓲𝓻𝓬𝓵𝓮 𝔀𝓮𝓵𝓵. 𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓷𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓶𝓪𝔂 𝓶𝓮𝓮𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓶 𝓪𝓰𝓪𝓲𝓷."
My next surprise came when my daughter and granddaughter popped in for a surprise visit to "check" on us. This was a blessing since they live 2 1/2 hours away and we were not expecting them. The wonderful thing was that they arrived the same day as our furniture so it was a joy to have the extra pair of hands, as well as the love and support of my daughter. I learned through this experience that,
"𝓖𝓸𝓭 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔀𝓮 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓭 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝔀𝓮 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓭 𝓲𝓽."
We just have to trust and be patient. The day she came I was feeling overwhelmed by the arrival of my furniture and close to breaking point. Her visit, and my granddaughter's unfiltered love, provided a blanket of peace and comfort during a challenging time.
We were also visited and treated to dinner by the husband of my previous assistant who had relocated to the area 5 years prior. He provided some valuable insight into the culture and the norms of our new city which cleared up a few misunderstandings I had. One of the lessons I took away from my interaction with Jeffrey was,
"𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓽𝓸𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼𝓽𝔂 𝓽𝓸 𝓳𝓾𝓭𝓰𝓮".
We tend to judge when we do not understand. This is a mistake. I had been waiting on a follow up call from an organization and had expected to hear back within what I considered a timely manner, only to find out that the standards in my new city was more relaxed.
One of the benefits of being disappointed (like I was when my furniture took a couple weeks to arrive), is you can carve out quiet spaces mentally and spiritually for yourself. As a woman of faith I crave these moments of stillness so I can pray and also listen to the Holy Spirit. On one of my morning walks as I stood looking over a lake, I felt a question in my spirit:
"𝓦𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔀𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭 𝓱𝓪𝓹𝓹𝓮𝓷 𝓲𝓯 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓯𝓾𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮 𝓰𝓸𝓽 𝓵𝓸𝓼𝓽? 𝓒𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓫𝓮 𝓱𝓪𝓹𝓹𝔂?
After contemplating my answer for several minutes, my honest response was, "I would start over happily doing DIY projects and designing a home that is more suitable for the season of life and the city I am in."
When we remain tethered to our "things", we can block the expansion God has prepared for us. Please see my blog post entitled Untethered -Let Go and Let God, for how I developed an untethered mindset.
At the end of the day we have to get back to the basics; what really matters if you lost everything. These are the things that you value at your core. We use the term 'core values' in business but it really begins in our personal lives. For me, my top two values are my faith and my family, and I was sustained by these two values during my first two weeks:).
The Holidays are a good time to re-examine your values and to rediscover what really matters most. Thank you for reading this week's blog and I look forward to reading your comments:)
See you next week!