I never knew how much I loved winter until I got to experience a real winter. I mean the kind with deep snow and lots of large fluffy snowflakes. Below zero temperatures where you can’t expose any of your skin. When it is so cold outside that your eyes immediately start watering when you go inside.
Sometimes you learn things on the journey you never would have if you didn’t leave.
I learned winter slows things down. It quiets the land. There is immeasurable peace. And as much as I would like to live like that always, I know I would never get anything accomplished. Yet I know I like it much more than I ever thought I would. I can do this.,
I love fall because it is not so hot and a great time for comfort food. Fall is all about holidays for me. When I was a kid, I loved summer because you were out of school and had lots of free time, but now it is just too hot. Spring always reminds me of new beginnings as things begin to grow again. It is usually the time my allergies kick in, so it is my least favorite season.
Experiencing each season makes you appreciate each one for what they have to offer. Warm weather and lots of activity go well together, while raining days and a good book work too. Even though we sometimes dread the process, getting to where we are going can be very enlightening.
So remember, wherever you are going, enjoy the season.
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When you go somewhere most of the time you need to take a few things with you. I know depending on where you go determines what you take with you. What do you pack it in?
The idea of a suitcase was an afterthought. At the time it was created, only rich people traveled, and they used large trunks because they could also bring servants to carry them. The chosen method of travel were ships, and trunks worked best in the bottom of a leaky ship that tossed items around. Trunks were made with metal bases, sealed with rubber to keep water from getting in. It made it difficult for a person without servants to travel.
According to the Smithsonian, more people began traveling for the sake of traveling at the beginning of the 20th Century. Transportation was better with many more ways to travel and it was not just for rich people anymore.
The suit case was originally created to hold a suit. There was a compartment inside for the shirts, and sometimes even an attachment box for a hat. It was designed to hold a suit and had a handle to be carried. Before that, there was a carpet bag which could hold a few items and was also able to be carried.
Once the idea of suit cases caught on, it became an industry. Historians said that our luggage reflects our modes of transportation. This is very true today as we have to pack our suitcases based on whether we drive, fly, sail or travel by train. Each mode of transportation has its own rules about what we can/cannot bring.
As I think about what I will take on this journey, because I know everything and the kitchen sink can’t go, I have to think about what will I carry it in. I think about this a lot when I travel because I know, whatever I take, I will carry. Let me say that again, whatever I take, I will carry.
One of the things I learned in 2018 was that I have to carry the things that I want. I do. Not my kid, or family, or friends. I should not load things up in a car or a cart unless I intend to keep the car or cart as long as I keep the things. I have to carry my own things.
I try to choose suitcases that make that job easier. I like smaller ones that I can lift. If they have a handle and wheels that can rolls then I am a superstar.
I know choosing the suitcase before I decide what to put in it is the best way for me. So how do you pack for your trips
So I missed the seminar where you were supposed to pick a word for the year, but I have enjoyed hearing your stories of what you learned about the words you chose. If I had to pick a word for 2018 it would have been trust.
This year God has taught me that putting my trust in Him is the best way to live. I could not depend on circumstances, I had to depend on God. Regardless of the situation, I had to remind myself of what I knew to be true of God even though I could not see it.
As I packed up and moved across the country, I had to trust that God knew what He was doing. I had to believe that I was capable of what He called me to. It was not easy, but it was worth it. In the process, I have discovered a God who knows me better than I know me. He knows things I am capable of that I have not discovered yet. He knows exactly when to bring it out of me. It is seldom when I want it, but it is always right on time.
God’s timing is always perfect. I haven’t always thought so, but I have what I need when I need it. I mean when the bus is late or I miss the train, I am not thinking, “Thank you, Lord.” But when the money runs out and the bills are due, I have found He is faithful to me in all things.
Another thing I learned through this process is that He is preparing me through these circumstances for things to come. I realize I won’t be in this situation forever, so I better appreciate what I have while I have it. I appreciate a city that has a public transportation system which makes it possible not to have a car. I love the city where millions of people love the city for millions of different reasons. It is a place where people say please, thank you and be safe.
I stepped outside my comfort zone and rode a train for 24 hours. ( I don’t use public restrooms, so holding it for 24 hours is almost impossible with an old lady bladder. Aging is not for the faint of heart.) It was a fun experience that I will try again. This year has opened me up to new adventures.
My word for 2019: Journey. It means an act or instance of traveling from one place to another. To go on a journey. I am going places.
Truth is we are all going somewhere. Some of us just enjoy it. I don’t know where 2019 will lead you, but I hope you enjoy the journey. Know that it won’t last forever.
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I have been so busy this season I have not had the chance to enjoy the season. Let me start with this.