So, our elder care sojourn here in Corpus Christi is just about a done deal. My mother-in-law made her transition last December, and we’ve been helping hubby’s brother to move things so this townhouse can be sold. Some leftover bits of furniture keep me company in the living room; they will go to a good home on Wednesday. A little over a year, this detour from our mission to go West has been, with many lessons learned, about family connections (powerfully positive and very challenging), and the power of patience.
I learned most of all that living space for me needs a balance of indoors and outdoors, and that the most important thing is not the layout of the inside, but the possibilities of the outside. We in America have been conned into thinking that the only thing is the layout of the inside, and so we have severely compromised our outdoor environment by living in suburbs with postage-stamp lawns, seven feet from our neighbors.
There’s nothing wrong with living in a town or city, by the way. Those places tend to have parks and other outdoor environments to compensate for the lack of any individually owned outdoor space. That’s fine. But the suburbs are this weird compromise between country and city, one that I have increasingly found to be unsatisfying to the soul.
We depart, then, at the end of this week to a life with a very small indoor space (travel trailer) parked in a very narrow “yard” space, but with all of nature flowing around us. When we went to visit the first of these little “parks” just north of Corpus Christi, we saw all kinds of birds we never saw in the city (although just on the edges of this city, wildlife of all sorts abounds in and around nearby waterways).
Cardinals in neon orange-red. A flock of hummingbirds. A flock mind you. The ladies who manage the RV park had to make sure we understand that there is all kinds of wildlife here and that we need to be aware of the larger and slithery-er kinds that might be wandering around, particularly at night.
Although the internet connection thing may be a bit more restricted in this mobile environment, I think it will be very good for body and soul to live small on the inside and big on the outside for a change.
I will use this little blog to post updates (with mostly my own pics when I remember to take them, of course), and let you know how this wandering life evolves for me and contributes to my soul’s evolution and the progress of my businesses, too.
Take a look around you, also,and see if your outer life can hug your inner life; I’m finding that this ability is important. Don’t be afraid to expand your surroundings to feed your soul. 🙂
Outposts Along the Path
I met Amy White when my soul-friend, Kathleen Nelson Troyer, asked several of us to contribute posts to her Be Love series last month (February 2016). Amy’s article about self-love is a great personal story piece with a universal message. Check out her love story here and more about her here.
Brian Gardner (site designer and excellent storyteller), checked in to his NoSideBar blog this week to pass on some cool and simple advice on living an awesome life. And he’s learned much of it, I think, by opening his blog to become a collection of high-quality contributory pieces. I recommend following NoSideBar as a whole, but especially Brian’s most recent article, located here.