During my yoga practice today, the instructor said something very profound as it relates to the senior move business. She told us to focus on the transition from one pose to the other. By focusing our energy on getting to the destination, we miss the journey. Moving through yoga poses can certainly be rushed but spending time, moving slowly helps us appreciate the experience and the way our body feels.
The same can be said for the transition of getting from one home to the next. Sure we can expedite the process and as move managers we can even do the entire thing without the client but SHOULD WE?
I always start my "elevator pitch" with "moving is one of life's largest stressors but more so for seniors". The fact is that this is THE MOST DIFFICULT TRANSITION a person will make in their lifetime and we go through LOTS of transitions. From preschool to kindergarten, from high school to college, from single to married...
The transition of leaving a family home and what some seniors will view as losing their independence, is referred to as Relocation Stress Syndrome. We need to honor this transition. We need to mark it. We need to let the person facing it talk about it and own it as much as possible. This is one of the ways Silver Linings Transitions distinguishes ourselves. We handle the transition and we care for the client and their well being while getting them through it.
Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey. The person who said we need to stop and smell the roses, had the right idea.
Jami Shapiro is President of Silver Linings Transitions. As a cancer survivor, she embraces aging and the challenges it presents.