I recently asked my kids this question and chuckled at their responses. Their answers varied based on proximity to family, beautiful scenery, or entertainment options. I also have several part-time employees who are college students, and it's common for me to hear all the reasons why they don't like where they are and how great it would be to live somewhere else.
Contentment Not Found in a Location
Over the years my company has moved thousands of people all over this great country. If there is one thing I've learned about relocating folks is that contentment is not found in a place. We have moved many people to their perfect retirement home in Florida or Arizona only to move them somewhere else a few years later. We have moved several clients to a larger, newer home only to move them to a even larger, newer home a few years after that. We have even moved several folks to a new location because they wanted to be closer to family or friends only to be disappointed by unrealized expectations. Still others move to advance their careers and make more money and then do it all over again a few years later. Don't get me wrong... none of these reasons are bad. Many people greatly improve their lives by moving; and as a business, we want people to move.
A Tale of Two Homeowners
This idea of contentment not being found in a location is illustrated with two different couples whom I know.
The first couple had been very successful in their careers and purchased a beautiful property in Florida to retire. When they arrived at their new home, they bragged for hours about all of the rich and famous people in their neighborhood. They were enamored with what everyone else had, and it was clear they wanted more. Everything they owned was pristine. Interestingly enough, they were ready to move only 2 years later. Apparently, they had become lonely and bored and wanted to try something else.
As I have reflected on these two couples I was struck by their differences. The first couple placed a high value on houses and things. The other couple placed a high value on relationships and contentment.
What Truly Has Value?
As we pursue our goals and dreams, it's important to remember what truly has value in our lives. Being in the moving business has taught me valuable lessons about pursuing the right things.. The more I pursue the intangible things like solid relationships, contentment, and faith in God, the more I find joy. I hope that gives you something to think about no matter where you choose to move.