So You Haven’t Moved Recently? Perfect!

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A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about moving. We were surprised how many identified with this topic. You see, it wasn’t just a blog about moving. It was about something we all seem to forget when we move…

Granting ourselves grace.

Understanding that it takes time to rebuild life in a new place. To makes friends. To meet neighbors. To get our kids enrolled in school and understand how things work there. To locate new doctors. To find a church home. And on and on. Whether we’ve moved across our city or across the country, moving (and everything that goes with it) takes time. For adults and children alike, moving is a transition.

But maybe you haven’t move recently. Maybe you’ve lived in the same house for 17 years and you’re thinking that none of that moving stuff applies to you.

Well, you’re wrong. It DOES apply to you.

How?

Because whether it’s down the street, at work, at your children’s school, at the community pool or at church, you come into contact with people all over North Texas who have recently moved. And your children come into contact with other children who have moved – who are “new.”

And they are trying to start school, work, life…right now. And they are uncertain.

This presents those of us already established with an opportunity. An opportunity to make life a little easier for them. To reassure. To explain things. Or just to hang out and make them feel welcome. To help them feel like they have “a place.”

But doing this requires that each of us – adults and kids – step outside of our comfort zones. That we be willing to have conversations with new people. With people we don’t know.

So when we’re at meet the teacher night, in our driveway rolling our garbage cans to the curb, the dentist’s office, church service, school curriculum night, athletics meetings or at school pickup, let’s take a few extra minutes to talk to those we don’t recognize. Those we know are new.

We’ve all been “the new kid” at some point in our lives, haven’t we? New schools, new jobs, new neighborhoods, new churches. Think back to how much you appreciated others reaching out to you. If you didn’t have others reaching out to you, we are sorry. But you can BE that now to others.

We all can.

All it takes is a few minutes to connect with the people around us – face-to-face and eye-to-eye. If for no other reason than to simply be kind.

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