Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Moving Friday Five...

From Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals...

We are right in the middle of a move--only twenty minutes away, but we're still a mix of busy, excited, nervous and surprisingly full of grief about what we're leaving, for me at least. So this week's Friday Five asks about your experience of the marvels and madness of moving...

1. How many times have you moved? When was the last time?

I think I have moved about 22 times, but I may be forgetting one or two. The last time was about 6 months ago.

2. What do you love and hate about moving?

I love the newness and freshness of being somewhere new. What's much less wonderful is packing everything up, living amongst boxes, the weirdness of being somewhere new, and the difficulty of finding what you need when it now not where it "used to be".

3. Do you do it yourself or hire movers?

I have very rarely done it myself. I have paid movers, I have solicited help from friends and the last three times had LOTS of help from family members.

4. Advice for surviving and thriving during a move?

Get outside, away from the mess, a lot. Soak up everything wonderful about nature and lose yourself in it for minutes at a time or longer to temporarily soothe away the stress.

Release yourself from responsibilities like cooking, entertaining, etc. Go out to eat and get away from the house for a while.

Be prepared to live with chaos for a while. It isn't possible, or even wise, to try to get it all unpacked and tidy immediately. When you do start to get things in order, elicit plenty of help.

Take Airborne or plenty of vitamin C. People get so stressed out during a move that they sometimes get sick right after getting settled.

Say a thorough goodbye to the place you're leaving. Take pictures if you haven't already.

Take time off work--at least one day more than you think you'll need.

Get extra sleep and drink plenty of water!

After it's all been done and you're completely unpacked, it may still feel weird for a while. Be patient with yourself and your family.

5. Are you in the middle of any inner moves, if not outer ones?

I think so, but I'm only vaguely aware of what they are. As my wife likes to say, I'll keep you posted as events warrant :).

Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what moving means to you.

My last move is what comes to mind here. I was forced to move because of my landlord's decision to sell the charming Victorian I was renting. I had lived there for 4 years and loved it. I could not imagine living somewhere else I would love as much but knew I had to deal with it and find a place.

I am ever so grateful for the way it turned out and I love my new place!

The movie I'm reminded of, I think, is Working Girl. The last scene where Melanie Griffith calls up her friend and says, "you'll never guess where I am!" and her friend gives this big whoop of joy, jumps up and throws up her arms. That ending moves me every time because she expected and was prepared to live with so much less than she got!

And the theme song ...

It's asking for the taking
Trembling, shaking
Oh, my heart is aching
We're coming to the edge
Running on the water
Coming through the fog
Your sons and daughters...

It's good for both internal and external moves


RevAnne said...

So much to say, and no time...I have a date with my husband.
Thanks for your to hear more about the scrapbooking as spiritual journey.
Love your advice about self-care in a stepmother's last move (she was sick anyway) put her in the hospital for 3 weeks due to an infection.
Also love the song...that's always been iconic to me about freedom and living into who we really are.

RevAnne said...

Thanks for the book title...I'll let you know when I've had a chance to look it over. I'm thinking about another blog for this more creative journey, and already have a design in mind for an embellished clergy stole. Oh for the time to do all this great stuff!

revhipchick said...

wonderful play.

it's nice to "meet" you!

great blog and i always get excited when i see that someone else is "into" Reiki. a master--wow! very cool.

i've done the first level but i keep thinking that after settling into ministry a bit (post seminary) that i'd like to continue on the Reiki journey.