We are moving. In 11 days. I don't like change. I like learning new things and exploring new places, but ultimately I like to come back to the familiar things again.
A lot of things are going to change next week: new town, new church, new routine, new home. However, I keep reminding myself that there are a lot of things that will stay the same: same furniture, same food off the same plates, same blankets to pull out of the closet and curl up on the couch with. Keeping this mindset has helped me not to become overwhelmed by the big life change we are facing.
Knowing that I don't deal with change well is knowledge that is giving me power. I know that I am going to have negative feelings about moving, not because it is a bad thing to do, but because I need time to adjust. Taking time to adjust isn't wrong, it just is. Knowing this helps me to accept my anxious feelings for what they are and not take them as signs that I should stay in my comfort zone at any cost to myself or others. I also know that there are things I can do in order to manage. Some of the things I do in order to manage change are:
Have a crochet project on the go. Normally I like to do quick projects that will be finished within a day or two, but right now I am working on an afghan. This is giving me continuity day to day even though the house is looking more and more packed up.
Read a book.
Listen to music that I know I can still listen to after we move. This will give an element of familiarity to our new home right away.
Use the same dish soap and laundry soap. I am sensitive to smells so this is another area where I can establish continuity.
Carry a familiar object. You'll laugh at me for this, but when my sisters and I stayed at a hotel for a girls weekend last month, I brought my teddy bear. Having that familiar softness to hold onto as I was falling asleep helped SO much. It tied that night in a strange place to all the other nights in my life. (And a teddy bear is easier to carry than a pillow.)
Most of all, I know that God will never change. All the other things can change, no matter how I plan or set things up. But God won't. Because of this, I am confident that it doesn't matter where we go or what happens, we won't be suddenly hanging in limbo or totally alone in the world. God always is, and He is always in control. This is what gives me courage to face change.