Changing lifestyles…

I am traveling once again…after a brief…hectic…fun filled time back “home”. I seem to be spending a lot of time and life…traveling to various parts of the world to be with loved ones…loved ones, who now no longer choose to live in our land of origin! This is a pronounced and definitive life-style change, which seems to have come about in my lifetime…one however, that we are all, still trying to find our bearings in…

Father was a diplomat and as such, we travelled and lived away from “home”…so to speak. We went back in the holidays and it was something we really looked forward to. Our very large family clan, were in the majority, still all there and it was a truly magical and fun time to be together. At the never ending family parties…we needed no outsiders…we were a number to be reckoned with, just on our own! Good times…

We still meet frequently…love of family is a mainstay…only, we are not so many now when we get together…the same sort of numbers are now, more often than not, found in different parts of the world! From my grandparents generation…three of my grandparents never left home base in their lives…this is a drastic…life changing…lifestyle change…

The “global village” our world has become, is an undeniable reality…however…what is also undeniable…although not often acknowledged…is the search for definition that is irrefutable in this relocation process. The search and journey to acceptance in foreign climes…the effort and manner towards assimilation…the vulnerabilities at play, whilst trying to find oneself, charting through unfamiliar territory…the grace, to let go gracefully of the tug at your heart, towards your “home” of origin…without letting unkind and unnecessary justification be the basis for accepting ownership of changed loyalties…therein lies the greatest challenge to this rampant life style change these days…

 All the art of living…irrespective of geography…lies in the fine mingling of letting go and holding on…because life is a long lesson in humility…

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