I have been discussing moving and my work search with my wife recently to decide where we want to be and what we want to be doing. While discussing this, she brought up the aforementioned analogy. We each have our own favorite chocolate out of the entire box of mixed chocolates, our's being the chocolate almond clusters. We each try the other varieties only to turn back and have our favorite.
Sometimes I think that the way we live needs to more along these lines. We all hope that the next bite we take from a different chocolate is going to be the next best place to live, the next best job, the next best. We move from job to job, place to place either looking for the next best thing, or to find our chocolate cluster. We, my wife and I, have both decided that our chocolate cluster is Oregon. We love the mountains, the green, the great people and the people we know. We have had out best life experiences while living in Bend, Oregon. We lived there for about 6 years had jobs that we liked, friends, and great relations started for our kids. Due to the economy, we moved to the next chocolate in the box.
We were hopeful that it would be better for us. We ended up biting into one of the cream filled ones that we both try to avoid at all costs. Upon arrival there, we searched every spare moment to get back to our cluster. We have tried other locations since then, but time and again, we ended up finding more cream filled ones.
We have come to the conclusion that if possible, try to stay at your chocolate cluster. Sometimes trying new places is great and wonderful, but we try to save them for the holidays. We have learned that by leaving a place, a job, and friends that are great, even in times of economic downturn, it is extremely hard to go back to that. We are still in process of getting back to our cluster.
If you find yours, stick to it vehemently .