Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A paradox & a pair of ducks

While learning how to transition overseas, many things can be explained in paradoxes.  We are excited to start a new life in a new city yet we are sad to leave family and friends.  There will be awesome Chinese food yet we will miss a really good hamburger and excellent Mexican food.  Good and bad seems to go together as we process about moving abroad.  Recently, we have acquired a common language that has helped us to process through this paradox of emotions we have been experiencing.  Introducing our new friends "yay duck" and "yuck duck" which makes up a "pair-of-ducks".  

Using this common language has helped us identify things that we see as joys and others that are struggles.  It has helped us to process through the fact that in this transition, and when we move to China, it will not all be good - we will have yuck ducks.  On the flip side, it will not all be bad because we will also have yay ducks even in the midst of hard days.  Yay ducks and yuck ducks travel together, and it's a good thing.  Yay for new friends, yuck for leaving old ones.  Yay for bikes rides in a nearby park, yuck for bikes rides in the rain.  Yay for purging unused stuff as we prepare to move, yuck for having to box up some of our favorite dishes.  In regards to this weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park, yay for awesome views and time with friends and yuck for the crazy wind.  As you can see, the list could go on and on.  

What are your current yay ducks in life?  Your yuck ducks?  Do you think having a common language would help you and your family/friends/coworkers process through how you are feeling about certain situations?  Feel free to leave a comment sharing your yay duck or yuck duck for the day - but remember, they usually travel in pairs.

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