There is something to be said for being in a good place – in your head and in your heart. When those two are aligned, it’s not only a game-changer for the current situation, but also has the ability to be a life-changer. Two weeks ago, I made a physical change in having my own space at our house, which facilitated the appropriate environment for a mental change to also take place – letting go of the things I cannot control and spending my time and positive energy on the things I can control. Paradoxes are a fascinating study. The more control you let go of, the more in control you feel. Defining my boundaries and seeing progress within my own little realm, along with combining efforts with others who also share this same proactive journey, is empowering. A few from our group have caught a vision of what we can accomplish during this chapter of our lives in Chuuk, as well as the impact our efforts can have here in the future. (Stay tuned for an exciting announcement and fundraiser).
I am blessed for the rich life-lessons I have learned from different cultures through traveling. It’s extremely fulfilling for me to get to a specific state of mind in a different culture. I remember the first time I arrived in that state while as a missionary in Romania for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was me – my personality and all – in a foreign language and in a foreign land. I remember exactly where I was and who I was with when it clicked, when I clicked. Being able to adapt and adjust in a foreign place and finding a new normal is an adventure I really enjoy.
My adjustment process:
Jump into the culture
Get used to the surroundings – accept the new norms
Personal connection and purpose
In my zone
Love the people
That place becomes my place
“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”
– Albert Einstein