I’m not going on a trip. I know disappointing, right?! I feel ya. I have, however, been thinking a TON about packing in the metaphorical sense. When I do go on a trip I get pretty serious about what I need, what needs to be done ahead of time, and making all the lists and checking them twice (yes, just like Santa does.)
I feel like at times it’s a bit much and perhaps can distract me from the fun of just going on the trip and letting it be. I also think it can become ridiculously stressful and leave me feeling a little bit like I’m lacking, if I forget things. The way I pack totally translates well to the way I live.
Is that true for you?
What similarities do you see between the two? Are you an over-packer, both with the amount of clothes in your bag and all of the resources and tools you feel like you need in life? Maybe you’re a last minute packer you have a ton of ideas and thoughts but it’s not until the night before your flight that you start frantically throwing stuff in a bag? Whatever speaks true to you there’s something I need to share.
I’m realizing that it’s never too late to change or to learn new skills or to start becoming who it is we most desire to be. This idea is giving me such hope in these early child raising years in particular. I’ve got time to perfect the art of parenting (or at least get in a groove in my own parenting, believe me I think perfection is boring and unattainable.) If this makes sense to you. If this reminds you that you need to me more patient with yourself and who you are. Then you are in the right spot.
Patience is what I’m packing in my bag today.
I’m going to work on it tirelessly and then I will wait patiently until I’ve perfected the art of patience. I need to be more patient with myself, with others, with those closest to me and those that I’m just meeting for the first time. Why do I need this tool most in my life? Well, I guess the answer is two-fold. I am happier when I’m not stressed out and when I allow some room for mistakes and things to go differently then planned. Also, I think everyone around me (particularly those close to me) benefits from my patience.
This all sounds great in theory but what does it look like practically? I think most of all I want to be more patient with myself and the journey in general. Stuff can be slow, the business we’re building, house projects, getting our kids to listen, you know it takes time so I’m going to just gently remind myself of this. One of the ways I am going to do this is by writing myself little notes that are cute reminders and I will place them all around. I will be sharing pictures on instagram @smallstepsbigbenefits of my inspiration.
I would LOVE to hear what you’re packing for your journey right now? What do you need in your life? How will you “pack” it so that you can use it?
Love journeying with you!