Breaking the Long Silence

Six months away from blogging is a long time! Finally, I decided to get back to it. It already feels good to be back at my desk drafting my blog post after all these weeks! Ok, I have to admit that last sentence was a bit of an overstatement. The truth is, I have been attempting to write something for the last one month, and my incomplete post has been sitting in my Drafts folder, and I just decided to stop giving more excuses.

I think I have some pretty good excuses for being away this long. For one, I have been doing online classes, and they kept me super busy. That accounts for 14 weeks in the last 6 months. Another big excuse is that we moved! That was way back in December, though. It is the move that I talked about in an earlier post. But it didn’t turn out to be such a big deal, because we didn’t even relocate. We continue to live in the same country, the same state, the same city, and even the same apartment community. That still surprises us, because my husband got another project in the very same location, and we decided to continue living where we are. But we just moved to another apartment within the same community because our lease expired and we were offered a new one for a considerably cheaper rent. The only hassle would be to move. So, that’s what we chose!

That makes our present home the seventh house in our marriage of almost five years. Our longest in one house has been 2 years. In my opinion, and also my husband’s, this has been our best move yet – I mean, well executed. Oh yeah, after so much experience, we better improve.

Even then, I don’t think I am the best person to give tips on moving. Our moving situations have been far from ideal, and we usually have a very short time to move. This time, we moved in a week’s notice. But all these moving experiences have taught me not to get too attached to places or things. Sometimes, my husband and I remind each other that we are ‘tent-dwellers’. For our family, it means that we can’t get attached to that beautiful couch or that comfortable recliner. They aren’t “ours” forever!

We also remind each other to cherish and build on what we will have forever. I can’t decide if it is fortunate or not that the things that last are not the ones we see. Like memories of enjoyable time spent with loved ones, like the values we stand by, like the strength of that inner character, like the warmth of kindness, like the person that we are on the inside, like the love of God that never ends.

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