As I prepare for this next adventure, I am happy to find a colleague's blog on the subject of "moving on". Marta Greenwood writes, "I was doing some house clearing and wondered how many other things cluttered my life—things I no longer needed and could get rid of, even though many of them revived happy memories and ideas, and would stay in thought as a blessing. There was just so much stuff! I realized as I got rid of most of these things that they were making me move on to live life in the ever-present now. For me, the lesson was such a deep one: 'Release them and move on. You will remain in a place so rich with God’s love that you cannot possibly miss the items you’ve given away...'
When I first arrived in France, my French language skills were minimal. This was most evident in the dairy section of the grocery store where the names of things bore no relation to their English counterparts, and where the pictures on most packages were either a cow or a goat, giving me absolutely no clue as to whether I was buying something sweet, sour, or vaguely tasting like the inside of a barn. Even after multiple language classes, I was more fixated on what I didn't know and couldn't say, than the fact that I was beginning to communicate with greater ease. I couldn't seem to let go of English as my comfort language and found myself nervously excusing myself when I made an error in grammar.
I am tucking Marta's words in my pocket as I get ready to take care of the house. I will let the love of divine Love move me on, gracefully.
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