The Downsizing Struggle

The statement, “If you are going through hell, keep going,” is attributed to Winston Churchill. There is some debate about who originated the quote, but Churchill said a similar statement, “Never, never, never give up.” The very moment we are in the midst of a struggle is the exact time to do everything within our power to move forward one step at a time. What person is there that does not go through difficult challenges?

One of my favorite books is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, MD. Peck says in the first chapter, “Life is difficult. It is a great truth because once we truly see and accept this truth, we transcend it.” Peck gently encourages readers to move through the hard and often painful process of change. The goal is to keep moving toward a higher level of life experience. Another way to say that is, “Don’t get stuck!”

Recently my husband and I decided to downsize from 3000 square feet to half that. I’m practicing what I preach! As we age, we need to be aware of our tendency to retreat from change, but change is the indicator of life. Tasks that at one time were totally manageable become overwhelming. All I have to do is have a day with my grandchildren to know that I cannot physically or mentally manage what I used to do every day. Most Seniors face the issue of downsizing their living situation at some point. The mere thought becomes paralyzing. The question is, “Will it be easier if I wait five years?” The answer is obvious. To think of moving as a simple thing is naïve, but at the same time, one just has to keep moving forward to reach the goal. It may even feel like hell, but don’t stop there! The other side of that passage is very rewarding, just ask someone that has managed to go through it. They usually say, “I wish I’d done it sooner!” Remember: now is the time, because you are just now old enough! Visit me at

Connie Mason is a lifestyle consultant at


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