"Everything here takes a lot longer than you would expect."
It's easy to hear that from experienced expats when you are excited about new things ahead. We've been preparing for this move for over six months (give or take 10 years depending on how you look at it), so we figured we would be game for anything. We thought we'd have all the patience in the world once we got on the ground in Thailand. We'd be content since we'd finally be where we wanted to be.
Oh, but I forgot about something. It's this little thing called Reality, and when it hits, it can be hard.
- Eventually, we will have a work permit.
- Eventually, we will have a visa that lasts longer than three months.
- Eventually, we will have a car/motorbike/transportation.
- Eventually, we will be able to move into our own house.
- Eventually, we will find our routine again.
Yep, those nasty eventually's can easily find their way to becoming discouragement. But yet, then there is the other thing we keep being told:
"Life here is what you make of it."
This is true no matter where we live, and we have a choice on how we are going to continue to live in our transition. It comes through our attitudes about each situation as it arises and whether we are going to let our frustrations escalate or work our way through them. Things may take a while to get sorted out, but we can overcome if we choose to.
One of my favorite quotations comes from Jim Elliot:
“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
This is the story I want to live, and eventually I hope that we can be the family that God intends us to be regardless of whether we're going through transition or not.