The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS for nine seasons, from September 26, 1962, to March 23, 1971. The show had an ensemble cast featuring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as a poor backwoods family who move to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.
Moving is not a task for the weary for there are countless challenges to wellness-especially physical, emotional, and financial wellness. Yet, when circumstances beyond your control (and on occasion, within your control) arise, moving (on) can be as uplifting as receiving an unexpected gift.
No stranger to moving, I realized that the costs of moving were not just the dollars paid to the chosen moving company. -S. L. Efua Joe, PharmD
After all years ago, The Welcome Wagon, would send out hostesses with coupons, gifts, and swag to welcome new homeowners into the neighborhood. Woefully, though, the Welcome Wagon is a thing of the past as home visits ended in 1998 in the U.S. (though Welcome Wagon Canada continues to offer home visits.) The 1998 owners of Welcome Wagon, Cendant, laid off the "hostesses", saying that changing demographics meant few homeowners would be at home when representatives called.
While I do get that demographics have changed, the need of social and emotional wellness, especially during a move, is heightened. There are some tangible things and matters of wellness that social media will never be able to adequately address.
(*Direct mail marketing franchisers, Money Mailer, now owns the former Welcome Wagon, International.)
I do believe however-in fact, I am quite certain that many of us don't always recognize when we have actually received a gift because the most precious gifts are frequently wrapped with the indinstinctive paper of truth.
This type of gift paper (or gift bag) is so cleverly wrapped with non-designer attributes, only the few that are not easily bamboozled are able to recognize the beauty of the most precious gifts. While glimmering and shiny, these precious gifts, of which I write, are not gemstones. Nor are they money or overpriced jewelry-yet, their value is priceless.
Some of you reading this blog post entry may wonder why these non-descript gifts seem only to be given and received when one moves. Ha! I have wondered that very thing myself. And thankfully, the answer, after careful consideration, has always been right in front of me/us.
Consider that when you prepare to move to a new location, you are forced to pull out furniture and objects that you rarely needed to move while inhabiting your home. Even the most tidy and astute cleaners amongst us may not have bothered to lift that heavy sofa or huge bookcase during weekly cleanings to vacuum. Instead, it probably was easier-especially if no one was around to help lift-to just dust and vacuum around the heavy object.
So, in a very real sense, weekly cleaning might be considered topical.
And it is a rare occasion where something topical or frivolous will bear the truth. Truth, you see, most often resides somewhere under the top layer, down in the fibers that aren't even touched during weekly (or monthly) cleanings.
Well, you probably have figured out the answer by now. Right?
If you guessed or reasoned that truth is rarely exposed until you move because heavy objects that obscure the truth aren't moved until they have to be-then you are correct! Congratulations. Now, that wasn't too difficult, was it?!
So my dear readers, all that I am asking of you on this wintry November Sunday (east Coast-Virginia/USA) is to consider all the costs of moving the next time you must move or choose to move. You would be well served to factor in all of the costs of moving-the moving company's charges, the boxes, the tape, the packing material-yes; but, greatest and most expensive are the costs of the truth (s) that will inevitably be revealed when you move away the heavy obstacles.
Truths revealed are actually gifts. Even though you don't pay money or cash for most gifts, there is a cost associated with seeing and accepting the truth. Now you must understand that the gift of truth can be unnerving-so much that you may attempt to return this gift. But don't bother with trying to return it, because once you open the gift of truth, it cannot be returned and that's a good thing once you are able to fully accept the gift.
I think it's some kind of chemical reaction or something-but that's a topic for another blog post.
#emotionalwellness #truth #moveon #gifts
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