Change is hard.

As you all know recently the circumstances around which allowed us the option of actively pursuing our dreams in a meaningful way. The catch was that it meant a massive upheaval of our current life. New jobs, new schools for the children, leaving behind both friends and very close family members. There is a perfect quote by Anatole France which sums up how I felt about everything– All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

It was a death of sorts. We said good bye to our safe jobs in our safe tiny town with our safe predictable friends and our safety net of exceedingly capable family members 7 miles away. We said goodbye to the way our family was in that time and that place.

I’m not saying that we weren’t afraid. Because we were. But the point is to not let your choices be motivated by the fear of “what if”. You must allow your choices to be motivated by the joy of “what if”.


6 responses to this post.

  1. I take exception to the notion that I was a “safe” friend; I like to think of myself as having a bit of a wild side thank you very much 😉


    • Safe is defined by me in this context as “sure to be successful: certain to be successful or profitable, and not at risk of failure or loss” and “dependable: able to be trusted or depended on”. Now doesn’t that make you feel warm and fuzzy!?


  2. Posted by suzie on July 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    hey ya’ll
    just want to comment on how well you did your last few crazy weeks at work. you did remind us all that we need to not, but think on the positives, and we all proved this way of thinking is very effective. i have mentioned to others who have need of venting to remember what miranda showed us on the way out. we still do less venting now. so, just want to say Thanks Miranda!

    let me know how you are doing with your new changes in life.
    love and miss you all!


    • You cannot imagine how uplifting it is to know that your actions have had a positive impact on others. It was very helpful for me personally having such a great group to be accountable to. I think that everyone was starving for some Pollyannaish behavior!

      I hope to see you soon and be able to show your our progress in person!


  3. Posted by Tamesha on July 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Miranda, your lessons and endeavors are the essence of what me and the boys are being confronted with at this very moment. Sometimes in life you know what you need to do and how to do it, but it’s comforting to learn of other’s who have travelled or who are traveling the same path you are currently on. I am glad that everything is working out well for you and your family. continue to follow your heart and do what makes you and your family happy (everyone else just needs to take a back seat:). luv ya chick!…….PS: I am just loving the quote by Anatole France….favorite line: ” we must die to one life before we can enter another”….im sorry but i have to steal it for my facebook status:)


    • I needed to read these comments from you and from Suzie today. Sometimes it is easy to forget what your are trying to accomplish. WE must all focus on our goals and on who we truly want to be in this life.

      You are a beautiful person and I know whatever goals you set for you and your boys, you WILL achieve. Change is scary in and of itself, but moving forward into the change is very empowering and freeing!

      Keep me posted on your journey!


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