Is there such an art?
I sure didn’t grow up knowing about it. We just left!
By the time I was 40, I had moved 27 times, often from one continent to another. It was simple. We set the date. Packed the old place. Got in the car and drove away, knowing we would never see most of those people again.
The past paled in contrast with the sparkles of the future.
While I am still a future-focused person, I have come to the point of believing that the past, if handled rightly, can contribute to the future so it needs to factor into the transition.
It is a theory anyway.
And, since we are moving from Anaheim, California to Spartanburg, South Carolina in September, I have the opportunity to test the theory.
Except . . . since I have never done this before, how do I do it?
Well, for starters, I am going to make a list of people and places that were significant during my 44 years here. I wonder what will happen if I engage with either the memory or the reality of those people (a lot of them are already reading the archives ahead of me) and revisit the land.
No clue if that is the best way, but it is a place to start for an amateur.
Another possibility is that some of you who are wise in the ways of leaving could write some comments and coach me on how you do it, to see if there are transferable concepts for our journey.
Stand by for some of our classic SLG failing forward.
Copyright December 2017 by Arthur Burk