As I write this, I’m finishing my packing for a 15-day trip to Shetland and the Highlands. I’ve been planning it for months and the day has finally arrived. It’s going to involve a series of plane, ferry, train, and bus trips, so I made up my mind that I was going to do my best to pack only a carry-on bag.
This is a challenge for someone who regularly takes a couple bags of stuff to work every day. I love to have options! I can identify with the Victorians and Edwardians and their trunks, boxes and bags for a weekend in the country.
By limiting the stuff I have to carry, I’m hoping to be able to see more, do more, have fewer things to worry about, and focus on what I truly need. If I can do it for two weeks, maybe I can take a hard look at the clutter at home when I return and simplify there as well.
A good friend gently reminded me that when Jesus said, “Take nothing for the journey,” he meant considerably less than even my slimmed-down carry-on bag. He certainly didn’t have to worry about packing electronic devices and all their cords and adapters. So, while I have a long way to go to reach the standard set by Jesus and Francis, I’m at least taking a first step.