Limb – OH!
My family is living in limbo right now… or as I prefer to call it “Limb-OH!” which can be defined as:
The state that occurs after going out on a limb, where you are thwarted from moving forward but unable to move backwards. It often elicits the response of “What the BLEEP did I get us into?”
Our house is up in the air. Our departure date is up in the air. Dealing with our stuff is up in the air. I have projects that may/may not need to be completed before we leave up in the air. There are a million things that need to be done – that can’t be done until we are out of limbo. And – I find it hard to focus on and do the things that “can” be done while in limbo.
Some days the limbo is easier to live with than others. Yesterday, the limbo got to me in a big way. Knowing that our lives will be a constant state of limbo for the next two years, left me questioning at 2 am again “Can I handle doing this? Can I manage staying present, with one foot up in the air while my supporting leg is buckling under the pressure?” The answer at 2 am to these questions is almost always “No”. But, usually if I can manage to get to sleep, there is a different answer in the morning.
It is clear that I’m going to have to develop a different relationship with limbo for this to work for my family. Especially on the days when meditation, bike riding and kettle bell swinging don’t begin to make a dent in the anxiety and discomfort. Today, I’m having to practice faith to breath through the limbo, and remember the words on my Mom’s fridge:
About the Author
Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.