Back in a house full of “stuff” this week after a month on the road, I rather miss the simplicity of managing a single travel bag, instead of a whole house. Transitioning back home I’m reflecting on the life lessons the single travel bag re-teaches me every time I go on the road.
1. If you overload it there are penalties. These could be mobility, financial or physical. A price will be paid for stuffing the bag too full. So true about life too.
2. The lighter your load, the more spring in your step. With less “stuff” to manage, you can move faster, be more spontaneous, enjoy the moment. Less is More in life too.
3. Once you take off, make do with what you have. Move forward. Let go of what you don’t have. Improvise; mix it up in new ways. As long as you have the basics covered, everything else is just a gift. In life it’s the “bloom where you are planted” approach.
4. Beware of the evil temptress of acquisitiveness. Don’t sabotage the lighter load. Focus on memories, pictures, stories, journals — things that last a lifetime, rather than things you, or someone else, will discard someday.
5. Keep it organized. A little organization can bring a lot of peace of mind and free you up to enjoy the ride. Works in life as well.
Needless to say, these are aspirational rather than mastered concepts. Life is a work in progress and I am fated to re-learn the same lessons over and over again!