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Friday, September 25, 2015

LIFE IS A SERIES OF WAITING

I wait, and I wait. 

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As a child I waited for birthday parties and summer vacations. 

As a teenager I waited for my first kiss, pierced ears, a date for the prom, and a college acceptance letter. 

As a young woman I waited for the perfect job, the perfect partner, the sound of little feet running around my home. 

And now as I am growing older I am waiting in a queue for a retirement apartment. A place of my own. A simple place. A place of serenity. A place to call home.


We wait for many things throughout our lifetime. Some of those things happen and some don't. Some were worth waiting for and some weren't.

For the past twelve years I have been waiting for the time when I could live near my two daughters and my grandchildren. This past year I put my name on the waiting list for a retirement apartment near them. I have been anxiously waiting, but then in August things changed. I won't go into the circumstances, but it looks like the time is no longer right for me to move to Georgia. 

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I have been living with a very heavy heart for the past month and a half, but I know that there is a reason for everything. Fortunately I am also on a waiting list for an apartment here in Kentucky, so when that comes up it looks like I will be moving there. It will keep me near my 91 year old mother and maybe that is the reason this happened. 

So I will continue to wait for the time when I can move close to my family. Life is a series of waiting, but we must believe that in that waiting there are present moments to live, love, and find happiness.

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34 comments:

  1. I am new to your blog, having discovered you through It's a Beautiful Life. The title of this article just resonated with me, so I decided to stop by. You have a beautiful blog, and I'm thankful for my visit here.

    Such wisdom in your words..."Life is a series of waiting, but we must believe that in that waiting there are present moments to live, love, and find happiness." Thank you for your timely reminder.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti, I am so happy that you stopped by. I look forward to getting to know you.

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    2. Patti,

      Hi, how are you? It's been a while since we've chatted. I hope you're well. Hope you are enjoying your autumn.

      Brenda xox

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    3. Hi Brenda, Nice:) to see you here. I have been very remiss in visiting over the last couple of months. I hope to make up for all of that

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  2. Life seems to move of its own accord, and on its own time frame Laura. It isn't easy to be patient with how it works, I know that well.

    It took us 9 years to move up here...we thought it would be a few months. But it seemed that everything had to fall into place before it could happen. And I realize now just how many things came together for us to be able to get here.

    My wish for you, my friend is that everything works out for the absolute best, and that you get your heart's desire while you still wish for it.

    Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. I will continue to look for happiness in the present moment. :)

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  3. Waiting is so very hard, and then to have the door closed, for now, that's not easy to understand and accept. I have no doubt that you will continue to find beautiful moments in this different path from what you had hoped to take.
    Dewena

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  4. I'm sorry, Laura. I know how hard it is to wait. But, you are a strong woman and will be able to make the best of your time wherever you live, and hopefully soon you'll be able to be near your daughters and grandchildren. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I hope that time will come soon, too.

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  5. Laura, Oh, I am sorry that your heart desire is on hold again. I can only imagine the disappointment. I'm glad you are able to find beauty and grace in the moments and I do hope they will be little gifts to make the life you are in right now bearable and beautiful.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected...
    Brenda

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    1. I always believe there is a reason for everything, Brenda so I am looking for the unexpected.

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  6. Oh Laura I am so sorry as I know how much you were looking forward to moving to GA and being near your family. Keep strong and at least know you will be close to your Mom! You inspire me with your grace during all this waiting and now changes in plans. Sending you big hugs!
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Sorry I didn't respond when you asked recently when I would be moving. I felt the need to keep it to myself for awhile.

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  7. I love all the quotes - good reminders! Sarah Ban Breathnach is a favorite of mine. I read her Simple Abundance book every day. That one and The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. Waiting is hard but rushing ahead before we are ready would be even harder. Capturing the moments you have NOW just the way you are doing it is the best thing you can do!

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    1. I will have to look for the Simple Abundance book, Linda. I just recently found her quotes.

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  8. My heart is heavy for you. I will pray. I am also waiting and have been for many years. If what I have waited for does not happen soon it won't happen. It is life changing. You will find happiness over time but for now I believe your heart is aching and you are trying to stay afloat. Take the next step. Continue to give away or sell online what you want to. Keep what you love to have. Eat something you really like. Rest.....and know that somehow you will come out ok. Best to you as you go through this difficult time.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words of wisdom, Rita. I hope that what you are waiting for happens for you.

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear that your moving plans have changed. I know how long you've been looking forward to moving to GA! With your mom being 91, it does seem that you'll probably be needed close to her though. Hopefully, everything will work out in the end for you. GA isn't going anywhere!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. Life can certainly change in an instant. :)

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  10. I understand completely. I am also waiting to move closer to my family and friends. Right now I must stay where I am for quite a long time as I am helping my daughter and grandson. We have no other family here and I do miss them. Visiting will have to suffice for now. You have a lovely blog.

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    1. Thank you, Lana. As women we have many responsibilities to our families. and it sounds like you are doing what is best for your daughter and grandson now. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will visit often.

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  11. Yes, there's a reason for everything, but it doesn't mean that you can't be disappointed, as long as you pick yourself back up and get to where you need to be. It took me 45 years to figure that out.

    I hope you get your place soon, my friend.

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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    1. Thank you, Rue. I am so glad that you are in a happy place now. I know that when we finally figure out where we should be there is definitely an aha moment of why didn't I figure this out sooner, but I think things happen when they should.

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  12. Ah tantalising, so near, and yet. STILL so far.
    Hard to be psyched up to move ... and then readjust your plans.

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  13. Awww Laura, so sorry that the move is not going to work out for you. I have spent most of my 25 year marriage waiting - for the next move. The Mr. gets transferred every few years and there is always a move around the corner. Not a great way to live life. I have always found that everything happens for a reason.

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    1. I understand your pain of constantly moving, Katie. I have moved 19 times in my adult life. I sometimes think if I have to pack up one more time I am just going to lock the door and walk away :)

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  14. Laura,
    You struck a chord with all of us, in such a gentle and touching way.
    I know that you will handle this disappointment and adjustment with style. So much of my life has been the same.
    I like what you said about living in the moment-it is the best gift we can give ourselves.
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Living in the moment is the best gift we can give ourselves, Jemma. It is actually all we have. We spend too much of our lives reliving the past and planning or worrying about the future and that leaves us missing out on a lot of living in the now.

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  15. And here I am waiting to find out if I'm going to have to move or not. I know just what you mean! Maybe there is a reason you're not meant to move to Georgia. Especially if they move! Like I've told you again and again: You can move there, but if they move, then you've got to move again. And we're too old to keep having the upset of repeated moving!
    Brenda

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    1. It is upsetting to have to keep moving, Brenda. I know how it worries you that you may have to move again. I hope that you are able to stay where you are for now and then when you reach retirement age you can look into an apartment like I am moving into. It will take away a lot of the stress. I just wish there were more of them so the waiting lists weren't so long.

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