The house went on the market with over a hundred people attending an open house. Within 48 hours we accepted an offer, home inspections were completed, and a purchase and sales agreement was signed within two weeks. Two weeks later the house closing took place and we were on the road to the Midwest. We moved into the new place literally 72 hours ago and the unpacking is in full swing.
Anyone who has moved knows that it is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, even if it is a positive move. It disrupts a person’s routine and forces you to deal with individuals and situations one not normally encounters. Everyday becomes an emotional marathon where a ringing phone, email, or text can cause rising blood pressure. The same people in your household who you love can become a source of stress just by being in the same room.
What kept me “relatively” sane?
First, it was adapting my prayer life to the situation. The more formal prayer experience of the Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours went out the window. There was either not enough hours or my mind was too fried to concentrate. However, the rosary helped me get through those moments of stress and calmed me down when sleep was needed.
Second, it was the support of friends and family. Early in the process we had a Mass of Farewell and Thanksgiving held where we invited about 50 friends to give thanks to God for the friendships God has entrusted to us. The Mass and the collation that followed was a wonderful opportunity to laugh, cry, and remember how the Spirit provides the right people in our lives at the right time.
So if there are changes in your life coming up or you are in the middle of one – remember prayer and support. Like the disciples sent out by Jesus, these are the keys to our peace and survival.