I saw an ad on the back of the NY Magazine. It showed a pair of shoes and the ad read “Travel Light.” I wondered, why is this ad speaking to me today? We live in a time of amazing change – some days my consciousness is filled with fear, other days with immense connection. If all experience is shaped by our perception, how do we travel light as we engage with our friends, family and colleagues during a time when the world seems so fragile?
What does this take on ‘travel light’ mean? Is it about belongings and the amount of stuff you have? Is it about not being attached to where you live or what you do to provide for yourself and your family? Is it about leaving your part of the planet better than how you found it?
Travel light: Take little baggage; also, be relatively free of responsibilities or deep thoughts, as in I can be ready in half an hour. – Idiom dictionary
Let’s take it up a notch. How can we travel light in our consciousness? Michelle Obama said in her DNC speech, “When they go low, we go high.”
I’m with her and I know you are too. We seek the highest ground so we can serve life and each other by bringing our best selves to this world.
This week, in the face of all odds, see how you can travel light:
- When the conversation gets tough, listen deeper and get more curious. Don’t allow yourself to get bogged down with your own judgements & pre-conceptions.
- If you find your self-talk going down a slippery slope, jettison those old beliefs about yourself or others, and see how high you can soar without all that extra weight.
- Stay present and awake to the gifts that life is bringing you in every moment. Re-frame regret about the past, or worries about the future, and exist in the ever expansive now.
I recently listened to an interview on The New Yorker Radio Hour, about Max Ritvo, a 25-year-old poet living with terminal cancer. Despite his daily physical battles, one of the things that frustrates him the most is future-talk. Everyone talks about the future as the place and time they will be happy, wealthy, successful, connected etc. All he has is the now. And really, now is all any of us have.
I appreciate each and every one of you and I thank you for all you do to. #travellight and make this world a better place.
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