What Have You Packed Inside Your “Suitcase of Life”?

Have ever felt discouraged and wished you had another person’s life? If you have, I would like to share my mother’s my wisdom and insight with you.

Just imagine, everyone you know or admire putting their “Suitcase of Life” on the street with yours. Then you have the opportunity to examine all the suitcases. As you do, you begin to think that you might want another person’s life, especially after you have taken a closer look at all the suitcases. One might look to be larger than yours, more beautiful than yours, more expensive than your, better made than yours, newer than yours, lighter than yours, and/or better maintained than yours. However, after you look at all the suit cases you are told that you are not allowed to know what is packed inside any of the suit cases.

What would you do?

My mother’s wise advice, which might surprise you, was… “Select yours!”

Why you ask?

Her answer was simple: Another person’s “Suitcase of Life” might appear more beautiful, expensive, better made, newer and/or well maintained. However, you do no know what that person has packed inside of their suitcase and know you what you have packed inside of yours.

What have you packed inside your “Suit Case of Life”?

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  1. Laurie Buchanan on September 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Sheila – I LOVE THIS POST!

  2. Kathy on September 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I am coming here via Ms. Laurie. And what a delightful nudge it was! What have I packed in my suitcase? I hope that I’ve packed love and flexibility and delight. That way, no matter where the body goes, the contents of the suitcase of life will be handy! Thank you, Sheila.

  3. Shannon Anderson on September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love this as something to think about but also something to write about. I used to teach creative writing, and this would make a fantastic prompt for high school students!

  4. sheila on September 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Lori, so glad you “LOVED” this post. My mother was such a brilliant and beautiful woman in every facet of her life! Thank you! Sheila

  5. sheila on September 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Shannon, Welcome to my Blog and “Thank You” for your “Creative Comment”. Yes, please, write and share this post with whomever you feel would benefit from the message. I used to teach Creative Problem Solving classes as several colleges and was always looking for helpful prompts. I am honored that you feel this would be a “fantastic” prompt. I hope you follow my blog and enjoy my creative Brain Color posts. Most gratefully, Sheila

  6. sheila on September 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Good afternoon, Kathy. You are welcome and “Thank you!” for posting on my blog via my friend, Laurie. How lovely that we are mutually delighted with each others’ words! From you comments, I am sure you have packed “love and flexibility and delight” into your “Suitcase of Life” and use them on a daily basis. I hope you will continue to follow my blog and also enjoy my Brain Color posts. Most gratefully, Sheila

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