Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lost and Found

After every PCS (Permanent Change of Station, for you civilian readers) we struggle to find a new rhythm of life. It is easy to focus on all we have lost in the moving process. We left friends and business partners. Our children lost an amazing dance studio and community theatre. We knew where the best thrift stores were located. Best driving routes. Free activities for kids. Nicest playgrounds. Target.

Craving what I have lost only makes the transition more challenging. Instead, I choose to see what I have found.

A most incredible selection of local cuisine.
A great public library.
Opportunities to serve others.
An incredible homeschool theatre group.
Road trips to "the city" in search of Starbucks coffee.
Neighborhood kids for my son to play with.
Internet shopping.
Quaint, small town experiences.

My new commitment is to spread this "Lost and Found" philosophy to those around me. Many people at our new installation are less than pleased about what our location lacks - beauty, culture, entertainment... a Target store. Now, I turn the tables and tell them what I've found.

What great things have you found in a new place?


Angie Vik said...

I was in your shoes a year ago. It was hard to leave somewhere where my kids and I were happy and content. A year later, we're happy and content here. I finally realized that God was asking me to give my up old friends. He was asking me to make new ones. I applaud your desire to look for the positives in your moves and to see God's blessings and He gives us what He knows we need, not what we want. Blessings on your new venture.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

I reached these conclusions too. Actually, I remind myself to Cherish the old spot but not to CLING to it.....same idea. LOL

Things I've found:
Onsens - public baths
Ramen Stands
New group of friends
ladies to mentor
Shinkansen (bullet train)
Rice Fields