Friday, January 13, 2017

Where In The World Are You Living? (Living in Alignment - Part 5)

Here we go again!  Let's pick up this conversation about alignment again.  Just to recap, the main idea is this.  When we are aligned in various areas of our lives, we're going to be healthy, when we're misaligned, we're going to be unhealthy.   Think of your car. If the wheels are aligned properly, the ride is smooth and you get maximum life out of your tires. If the wheels are misaligned, the ride is rough and your tires wear out prematurely.  Misalignment = pain.  Alignment = full functionality.  If you have not yet read the previous posts in this series, take a few minutes and do that now.  I'll put links below:

        Living In Alignment (Part 1)
      Living In Alignment (Part 2)
      Living In Alignment (Part 3)
      Living In Alignment (Part 4)

So, here we are in part five.  We've talked about alignment in our personal, vocational and family lives, but I bet you've never considered this one.  How about alignment with where you live?  Yes, I mean geographically.  Never thought of it before? Neither had I, until recently.  But as I look back over my life, I can see seasons in my life where I've been aligned and where I've not.  

Let's face it, we live in a really big country, a big world, for that matter, and many of us move around for all kinds of reasons. But have you ever considered that you could move someplace just to live in that place?  I had a friend who moved from Tulsa to Destin, FL a little over a year ago.  Granted, he wasn't a close friend and there may be more to the story than I know, but when I asked him what was there (work, family, etc?), he said they just loved it there.  That was it.  It really got me thinking.  And I hope this will get you thinking today.  I have two simple questions to ask you about where you currently reside. I'll let you draw your own implications from your answers.  

  1. Why do you live where you live?  Is it where you've always lived?  Is it where your family wants you to be?  Is it where your job transferred you?  Do you wish you were someplace else, but you're scared to explore what that even means?  Here's my opinion and you can take it or leave it.  Too many of us are living where we live because some external circumstance dictated it and we've never thought about what kind of geography actually feeds our soul.  That brings me to the next question . . . 
  2. What kind of geography feeds your soul?  Think about it.  If all regions are the same and it doesn't matter where we live, why did God create this world with so many different climates, topography and seasons?  Doesn't it make sense that some people are going to feel much more at home in the woods of the Pacific Northwest while others are going to sit in those same woods and dream of a Southern California beach? All regions are not created equal just like all people are not created equal.  No person or no region is better than another, but I bet there's a certain region that matches your temperaments and the season of life you happen to be in.  Just think about that a little bit today.  What kind of geography feeds your soul?
Am I suggesting you move?  No.  I'm asking you to think through a question that I don't believe many of us ever consider.  It may mean nothing to you today.  Or it may mean something much more. I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Leave a comment here or on Facebook.

1 comment:

David Setzer said...

I was transferred here by my job with no real intentions of staying longer than I needed too.. that was 20 years ago in Oct 2016.. I know my soul is more content along the Gulf Coast ..when I travel there my peace is greater.. I have searched for paths back particularly after my kids got out on their own.. but alas I guess I am destined to stay here ... lived many places and this is truly far from the worst.. but I do long to be along the warm water and breezes..