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I slept wonderfully in bed last night.
Been enjoying the sounds of Maroon 5, Norah Jones, No Doubt,etc
Ive enjoyed a day alone (what else is new??).

We get used to the conveniences of life. New things throw us out of whack. Our minds and our bodies fight for familiarity. Adapting hurts mentally and physically.Im keeping that in mind as I read the posts of others still in that "oh so wonderful" honeymoon phase. It will actually drag you in and make you forget about the fact that we are going over to WORK and that any initiative is anything but easy.

That is not to say that things wont continue to be beautiful. But there WILL be blood, sweat, and tears so to speak. No one is arguing that the BEST thing is for us all to have all the information we need so that on day one we can hit the ground running. That, however, will not be the case AND we were told that. . .or at least read it. . .if youve been stalking the threads for, ohhhh, about 5 months like many of us have (or longer).

Things will not go as you imagined. Things will take longer than you expect or will like, or maybe even need. Far, far cry from our way of having it your way ASAP. Kind of like we live at Burger King. To be honest, that kind of thinking/acting has been disgusting me and Ive been trying to do small, silly, things to keep myself from being sucked into that.

I now have an idea of how old people felt who fought off technology but eventually had to succumb if they were to live in the new world.

And I say these things but do expect to be jarred by some strong realities. Maybe the not knowing is why I remain so calm about it all. Why stress about what you dont know, after all? Its bad enough we stress about what we cant change, what we want/wish for, what we have, what we dont have. Pretty much in everything, we can find a reason to stress if we think hard enough.

Maybe everyone needs to listen to some Norah Jones. Unless, of course, you are hungry. THAT, my friend, is a definite reason to stress and/or be upset about.

Having said all that, I DID get an email today. It said to expect a ticket. A call to the travel agency didnt turn up any results as to a later travel date. He needs permission from ADEC. greeeaaaat. I read that someone who turned down a ticket b/c of the date got a ticket a month later. Im believing for better than that. I continue to ask and believe for favor in all that I do.

The good thing about this next group going out is that there will be no more griping on the site when I go to read/check for updates. Or maybe they will come back to gripe about something else,lol. I hope not.

And thats not to say that griping was specific to any particular group. Its just that any important decision involves sacrifices on some level. Some have to do so more than others but it still exists and it isnt a pleasant thing more often than not.

Ive learned to apply the mantra:you cant control what happens but you can control how you react to what happens. It takes you farther than you can imagine no matter where you are in the world.


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