Traveling into the Light
There is an art to traveling light.
‘Traveling is a fool’s paradise. We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. At home, I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern Fact, the sad self, unrelenting identical that I fled from.‘ ~ Emerson
It pays to check your ‘luggage’ often..and as thoroughly as you possibly can. 😃
Like an old purse that can become heavy with forgotten items, we can become filled with stresses, fears and weariness that we’ve accumulated. Things that we have thoughtlessly allowed to settle to the bottom of our bags. Our hand-wringing, laying awake at night selves that Emerson spoke of.
In real life travel, I usually discover that I’ve packed way too much. I overthink things and take lots of ‘just in case’ stuff. Personally, as much as I hate to admit it, I think it’s a subconscious attempt to try and control life which of course just smacks of fear 😉 . (Being spontaneous comes with a measure of risk so the ‘just take it all, including the kitchen sink AND then you will be safe’ mode kicks in 😉 )
Well, as any fool will tell you, excess baggage ain’t no picnic. You might be prepared for a tsunami but you’ll drown due to the sheer weight of your preparedness!
Unnecessary baggage impedes the ability to enjoy the present which is all we ever have.
I’ve been observing myself of late. With many things on my plate I have been actively choosing to not place extras (like worries) in my bag for the day. I am finding an abundance of peace in this. I mention it here to remind you and me that we do have a choice. Like packing our suitcase for an around the world trip, we get to select what we are willing to travel with. Granted, there are certain things in life that cannot be changed but there are many more things that can. We get to pick what we will carry forward with us into life, into our day, and so important…into creative work.
We can’t do our best stuff when exhausted from carrying around overstuffed bags. One can only imagine how much of our JOY, our energy, our enthusiasm for life is swallowed up and lost to us. And creativity! Don’t even get me started!
I want to free up those spaces in my bag for beauty.
For fun bits.
For laughter and peace.
And with all the space that is left, I want to flood it with lighter than air LOVE.
For the gift of this life.
For saying yes even when I’m scared.
into the light.
What do you think you are carrying with you that you might be able to discard? Leaving room for the good stuff which weighs nothing at all?
You are absolutely right! We weigh ourselves down with heaviness of spirit and must learn the life lesson of letting go. Giving ourselves permission to just be! Be in the moment, Be authentic, Be transparent, Be intentional, Be purposeful! Once we learn to let go of our unrealistic expectations of ourselves, our life, our dreams or …………….(you name it) we can be truly free to exhibit our best creative self!
Thank you for the reminder to travel light…so blessed to have that choice…
I love your musings and insite. You get me to ponder life when I need to.
Great article Dreama! I have found daily journaling is a great place to dump the old and embrace the new! I am always amazed what comes to Light that I unintentionally picked up as I walked through my day!
Such a great reminder to take stock of what we are carrying around each day. So easy to remember that choice plays a big role!
What a lovely train case…would be perfect…..Thank you for your writing.
I needed to hear this blog post today! In fact I wrote down several parts into my journal. There has been so much turmoil in the last few years that at times I can barely breathe! Trying to learn to step back and take a big breath and just be. It is freeing to let things go and to realize there is so much I can not controll..and that’s okay. Oh I also love the little carry on. Thank you for the opportunity to win it and for the encouragement!
Just recovering from surgery and the world is going by too fast for me…don’t know how to be patient with recovery…live in the moment is what I take from your thoughts Dreama.
If want to make room for abundance and JOY
Sounds trite, but it isn’t….shedding pounds and expectations and both are making me feel lighter!
Enjoy your commentaries. I’m trying to let go of all of the unnecessary things that we carry around. The case would be just perfect for all of life’s necessities.
Trying to weed out the old/unnecessary and focus on what’s really important in my life that brings joy. God, family, cherished friends, art, travel, great movies, children, our puppy, pretty things, sentimental things… all bring me joy!
When I was a very young girl, I desperately wanted a train case like the ones that my friends had.. of course I had no money. My father told me how to take out a “loan” from one of his friends who happened to work for a bank. I had six weeks to pay back the loan without being charged interest. I did many chores to earn the money and just made it! I was so worried that I would have to pay that interest!! This train case brings back so many memories…I loved that thing!
Simple fear. I’d like to rid myself of this rather sneaky fear that disguises itself and yet is still fear.
I desire to ‘pack up’ negative stressors that are out of my control. To hold dear and cling to what brings joy, creativity and gratitude to my life. So happy to have found you!
Love the train case and I’m leaving what other people think out of my bag. So funny that the baggage we carry that physically weighs nothing often weighs so heavy on our hearts. I’m leaving that out! Thanks Dreama!
Sharing beauty and having a purpose! This little vintage travel bag could be a great reminder to make your life contain both. I’d love to own it!
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of things that you’ve been l’ugging’ around for a long time. We form habits, but once we shed that burdensome weight, it’s so freeing & light. We worry about things that, frankly, we have no control over. I have found that my painting time takes me away from almost everything that weighs heavy and gives me the peace of mind that I need. Painting nourishes the soul, relaxes the mind, frees our imagination. That little carry-on piece ‘carries’ some magic inside of it …Go for the magic!
It might help me to let go of hoping for people to be different.
Timely article for me. Plagued with self doubt. As you might guess, it
Robs me of the joy in painting. I’m plenty old enough to realize how much this hinders. I look forward to being a part of this venture. Love your style.
Enjoyed your post. Will be packing for my trip to France in the fall with renewed determination to travel light.
Thank you for this timely reminder!
Love this darling case. It is perfect for traveling with the things that bring you joy. I purchased some of the recommended items from Amazon & love the tropical water colors. Thank you.
💕your posts both about life and art..
This could not have come at a better time! It’s 6:30AM….. Just read this …….hoping to leave by 8:00AM for “Plein Air South” in Apalachicola, Fl .
Dreama,Your words will definitely help me regroup on the luggage thing!!!
Lately I have been worrying about having enough. But, I know that the world always gives me not only enough but abundance. So I’m ready to let go of that stinkin’ lackin’ thinkin’. And just be grateful for the abundance that surrounds me.
Emersons quote reminds me of another. Where ever I go, there I am. I tried to run away from myself once and all I got for that was a lumpy mattress.
I have been healing from a trauma that happened to me two years ago. Even though my life is different now, I want to look forward with gratitude for my life and all the new things God is doing in me instead of focusing on what I have lost.
I loved the timeliness of this article. It’s a great reminder to continually check the bigger suitcase of things we can’t control at the door.
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