How going on a one-year trip with your family makes you a better family
Well, we went on a journey. A year trip to the Far East, myself, Einav and our
three daughters Talia (12), Noam (9) and Galia (3), and the commonest reaction to our decision was how brave we were! Yes, it takes courage to make a decision that will provoke major change. On the other hand, we are constantly being forced to decision making but not always are we fully aware of the change may result from our decision. For instance, an innocent decision to get coffee in a restaurant which become providential meeting to a childhood friend who introduces me to my next partner in a new and successful business or to sit in another cafe and miss the life-changing opportunity of meeting him.
Just like in the film "Sliding Doors", our decisions always lead us to an unknown future for better or for worse, whether we are aware of the change it will bring to us or not.
we decided to take responsibility for our decisions to emerge from the chronicle of our lives and embarked on a journey.
Here in the middle of the journey, we took a break to examine the achievement and challenges associated with this decision:
An unknown fearful future is filled with doubts. We gave up our hard-earned business and work and embarked on a trip that its end cannot be convincingly prospect. Continuity of business and work are not guaranteed after the trip.
We could have a new Jeep for the money we spend on the trip.
Our privacy is interrupted all the time. we spend lots of our nights sharing the room with the kids. We have no alternative other than to face all our problems.
We are away of home, separated from friends and family and there is a constant longing for the known and the familiar.
We opened a new page of our lives and it avails us with the opportunity to create new unique chapters to our lives. We had a new beginning.
We have quality time with family like we have never dreamed of, time to talk , play, walk, and just be with each other.
Our acquaintance is full of new people who have opened our minds to new perspectives of thinking and ways of life.
We had gathered new friends who had become like family.
We shared experiences and incorporated new ideas that we never had before.
Our English is improving (especially for the girls)
Does all this make my family better and more cohesive?
Yes! We also became more thoughtful and able to contribute to society as well as the fact that our mind is more open to changes.
Maybe time will tell. Meanwhile, we pinch ourselves every morning to realize that the life we're living is not a dream.
I wholeheartedly recommend to every family that wants a life-lasting experience to embark on a family journey and break the old patterns of thought that set us on a fixed and predictable path.
And yes! it takes courage to make such decision and embark on a journey.
As time goes by and the trip goes on, the challenges will become achievements. An unknown future becomes a hopeful future and "nowhere to run" becomes an exciting family conversation.
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