Day 36 – Ready to Travel


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The bags are packed.

We’re heading out the door for a Spring Break journey.  I love to travel because it provides new experiences and discoveries and this trip promises to offer so much and more!

But traveling poses a difficult problem: I can’t take everything I might need for my journey.

I’ve made my list and checked it twice but believe there are at least 30 more items that need to come along.  Unfortunately, I can’t fit them all into my bags and they must stay home.

Sure, I have my camera.  Of course I have my laptop.  But I would benefit from a walking stick and my seven seasons of West Wing.  I would love to bring a bottle opener and family pictures.  No meal is complete without my home-made tomato jelly.  We buy only the best toilet paper…but sadly these things must stay home.

It give new meaning to the phrase, you can’t take it with you.

And so I ask, if you could only pack one bag, what would YOU bring along?  What are the items that you have to have and can’t live without?  What are the things that must be on your packing list?

The answer, of course, is that some things matter.  Some things don’t.  Some things we must have and others are desirable but not required.

Life is a journey and it’s time to surround ourselves with the things that matter and let go of the things that simply slow down our travel.