“Writing this book required a plan, discipline, focus and most of all….lots of revisions to get it just right. Kind of like life!”
These words, from my book, Revelations of a Singing Bowl, came back to me this week as I was doing a dry-run of packing for my trip.
The KISS (keep it simple…) theory is the key to traveling with only a carry-on bag. Rick Steves, an authority on travel, would be proud of me as I followed his guidance on how little we really need to pack for our journeys.
I’ve talked before, of how we need to continually address our lives, to pare down what weighs us down, to clear away what does not serve our highest purpose, making way for the new. Trips, such as the one I am about to embark on, are wonderful opportunities to literally look at the excess baggage that we carry around with us; an ideal time to examine what really is necessary, what can be multi-purposed, and what can be left behind.
Over a four-year period of time, I found myself assisting the downsizing of my parents possessions, when they moved into a retirement residence, followed by the subsequent disposal of their properties, as well as my husband’s possessions, when they all crossed over. This made me keenly aware of just how much we hang on to.
At the beginning of this year, while staging my house for sale, I packed away my valuables and sorted through all of my “stuff.” This provided me with yet another enlightening exercise in determining what was really of value to me and what was ready to be donated to others more in need. Each time. when I feel that I’ve pared down my life, I realize just how much I still hold on to.
In talking with a friend, earlier this week, we discussed decisions that need to be made in our lives, and of how we tend to create these amazingly large scenarios in our minds, complicating what is really a simple action that needs to be taken. Once again, we find that our “baggage” weighs us down. Our “old” selves, bad habits and insecurities tend to get in the way of our new-found strength and purpose.
We all need to remember that our actions come from, either a place of fear, or a place of love. We need to stay vigilant and not let fear, our old baggage, get in our way as, fear will rob us of our power.
Again, in quoting from my book:
“To move forward you must take that first step, to show that you are ready to change, to forge ahead in a positive way, and The Universe will respond.”
So, once again, I honor my new path as I venture out on my own. Equipped with my single pack, an open heart and an open mind, I gratefully put my faith in The Universe, in Spirit, to provide me with the adventure of a lifetime!