Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Year Later

It's been a little over a year since we moved here and the "firsts" that came at me fast and furious have given way to a feeling of settling in and finding my comfort zone.  Last year we went to the Backyard BBQ and knew few people. This year we were working at the economic development booth with Mayor Sue. 

Attending city council meetings opened up doors to a lot avenues for community involvement and "getting to know you" opportunities. In between experiencing countless new life experiences I also joined a book club, a garden club, and the Lions Club.  I agreed to serve on the RSVP board; the pirate joined too as well as he joining the Salvation Army board. We both pushed for fundraising for the county GED program, with modest success. He joined American Legion and started attending two different morning prayer groups (at the Methodist Church and H.S. Smith Funeral Home). 

Change has loomed large over our household.  Don trucked forward with personal projects but overall for me it was a lot harder.  In recent  days I've thrown a bit of a pity party for myself as I struggled to put my old life behind me. Certain people in my immediate circle (yes, I actually made a circle of friends - no small feat at 70) will testify to that.   But I got through it and rediscovered, yet again, that life never, ever stands still. 

The thing that got me going in the right direction again was reactivating my daily prayer life. There's nothing like reconnecting with God's friendship to clear the cobwebs of confusion that can cloud the mind. Change is God's challenge to me to look forward, not backward. It's His challenge to me to keep the good memories of the past IN the past.  

Change is never easy, especially when it sneaks up on you. Today is certainly that kind of day. Today we learned, at church, that our much loved Fr. Jarek (our pastor of nine years) would not be returning to us now that his sabbatical is completed.  While we wish him well on the next path of his priesthood, we also know that our small Catholic community is in for a change.  Change will be harder for some than for others but it's our job as members of our parish community to help and support those who will have a hard time dealing with change.  It is also our job to welcome our new and young priest, Fr. Dominic, to the community since he was, no doubt, as surprised by the assignment as we were by the loss of Fr. Jarek. 

I've learned a lot about change this past year and I'm grateful to this man who had the wisdom to guide me back into my prayer life. It arrived just in time.

At this point now, California Girl will start appearing more intermittently.  The learning curve of small town living had peaked and I seemed to have landed in a comfort zone much to my liking.  The past is in the past and my present reality is finding a pace that is comfortable and keeps me moving forward and looking outward.  There will always be something for me to say and I won't be shy about sharing it here. You've all been so warm and kind since our arrival and that has made it very easy for me to find my place in the fabric of the community of Caruthersville.


10 comments:

  1. So are you stopping or renaming your blog, Annie? So many changes, and that is so hard to deal with as we get older. But it seems you have really thrown yourself into it, and been dealing with it beautifully! You don't have to go to the Salvation Army church to be on the board? It seems for both of you that this move has really enriched your spiritual life! Many blessings to you, sweet Annie.

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    1. No. The Salvation Army is for all and devoted to service. And, no. Not changing my blog name. I imagine that from here on out, Ginny, I'll be writing everything from Cali Girl's perspective. ((Hugs))

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  2. I love this post, Annie. I agree change is hard which is why I seldom do. I admire that you did this -- packed off to far away and have built a new life, and finally settled. You did all the right things -- find a "community" and the activities that go with it. Applause for you!

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  3. My my, you've been busy adjusting to your new life ...& yes, if you become stagnant living in the past & fail to move ahead, you will allow yourself to decay and die many deaths (not really, but each thought of wanting the past life is just a step backward.)

    I read many of your previous posts...LOVE the black & white beauties & the fact you have found a happy niche in your new surroundings & working with the community you call home.

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    1. So good to reconnect with you. See you again in blog world soon. 😊

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  4. COMMENT FROM FRIEND, BIENE.

    Yes, Anne, and time flies. Did you, by any chance, keep a personal diary or journal, something you did not connect with your writing? Did you have a spiritual diary? Something that contained your own personal thoughts. There is much water gurgling under your bridge. Hope all is well. B

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  5. Good write, Mz. Annie. Seems you have settled in for sure. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.

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  6. It is so good to see you again Annie. It's been quite a year for you but you seem to have come through it brilliantly. Change is never easy. Well done!

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    1. Definitely been a year, Denise. I hope I never have to go thru anything like it again. Whew.

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