Everyone ought to have to move at least once every ten years. It does have benefits. For one, you get to explore all your closets and drawers and storage space and discover all the junk you had put away thinking you would some day use it. You didn't and won't.
My, the crap that is being given to Goodwill and the garbage collector. Why didn't we just throw it away to begin with?
And secondly, all the planning that is required --- packing stuff in the correct order, lining up the cut-off and turn-on dates for water, gas, electricity, trash removal, etc. keeps the mind sharp, keeps you thinking.
And third, you have to repeatedly deal with "customer service" reps on the phone. This is good in the larger scope of things because it keeps you humble. You are at the mercy of something very perplexing and much larger than you.
It is written over and over in the bible that humility is most desirable. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Let me give you an example of just one such conversation from yesterday --- this with the Dish satellite TV network :
Me: Hi. I need to discontinue my Dish service because I am moving.
Dish rep: What is your account number?
I just recited that into your answering recording.
I know but you'll have to tell me again.
Why? I already gave it to you. You don't have it?
No, we don't see it.
Well,why do they ask for it then?
It is for management's information.
That's stupid. OK---my account number is TXP-9834186-HP-201
Could you repeat that?
What is your address?
Well, if you have my account number, you should also know my address.
I have to pull that up on the screen. It would be faster for you to tell me your address.
Pull it up on the screen.
(30 seconds of silence)
Icily.......You are Clint?
And you want to discontinue your Dish service because you are moving?
I will transfer your call to our marketing department for further processing---please have your account number handy....
Multiply conversations like this one by 20 and you start to get the idea of what it is like to prepare for a move. And I haven't even got to the packing, scheduling part yet. And people wonder why I like an occasional martini....
I can't wait to inherit the earth.