“Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”
-- Jim Rohn
|River walk downtown Chelan, Washington|
These aren’t new insights for us, but they’ve come to mind often during the month that we’ve spent in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
In the last couple posts about the purpose of this trip – to replant our roots in the U.S. -- I’ve been focused on the 'facts and figures' of ex pat life - making a case for having a foothold 'back home'. Truth be told, though, there's an emotional side to the story as well:
This October has been an almost mirrored reversal of our activities last October when we boxed up our U.S. life and moved to Greece for a full-time ex pat adventure.
Back then we put our U.S. life, in a manner of speaking, into a storage unit; a place we quickly came to call ‘the morgue’. (You can probably see why from the photo). Coupled with our downsizing efforts, it became a climate-controlled somewhat morbid reminder that we are boomers who have a much shorter road ahead of us to travel than we once did.
While we were eager to pursue our daydreams – a pursuit we heartily recommend – leaving one life for another does pack a wallop of emotions. Closing one door to open another can be tough.
Opening Another New Door
|Wapato Point Lake Chelan, Washington State|
|Lake Chelan from The Butte, Washington State|
Meanwhile back in Greece we had a cadre of relatively new friends who've become equally special to us, who stepped in to keep an eye on our life there. We were extremely grateful to them and their efforts when the ‘Medicane’ (Mediterranean hurricane) hit our area of the Peloponnese only days after we arrived in the U.S.
|"Life is the collection of experiences" and friendships|
”Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.”
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
Life at the LakeThere is no doubt about it, we will again be 'living differently' as we plant our roots in both a Greek hillside and a small village in Washington State. While we are eager to return to our Stone House on the Hill, it is good knowing we also have a Life at the Lake.
I promised you a home tour last week so come, take a look at what we've been doing the last few weeks to create that new life:
|The Scout on the front deck - sunset over the Cascade Mountains|
|Shelves and not boxes are much better displays of memories|
|The amazing change - old things do fit in new places|
“Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.'”
|Guest bedroom is ready to welcome friends|
|Using those Greek 'do-it-yourself-' talents we've developed to make our bed|
|The Chelan Room - the den|
|Washington State's Columbia River|
“. . .your soul knows when it is time to close a chapter. . .’
While the quote is apropos, we think the soul also knows when it is time to start a new one. Thanks for being with us as this chapter begins.
As always we appreciate the time you spend with us and we’ve also appreciated all your comments cheering us along in this new twist to the journey.
Safe travels to you and yours and next week - if our travels go according to plan - we’ll be writing from The Stone House on the Hill!
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