Many years ago I was caught off guard by a phrase that you can learn a lot about a woman who has lost her luggage.
I had just started traveling full-time for work and was the epitome of the control-freak who liked everything to happen just as I had planned it. Don’t get me wrong, I still carry some of those same traits today but I’ve toned it down considerably.
Simply hearing that phrase made me think of how I was presenting myself to the word by the way I reacted to it. Sadly, I hadn’t thought about myself like that before. Now it seems that every thing that sends my life veering off the course I have laid out for it I hear myself thinking, “You can learn a lot about a woman who…” and I finish the sentence with whatever challenge is coming my way.
I still have pain. I still have grief. I still make stupid choices and overreact. That is part of being human. My saving grace is eventually coming back to this phrase and considering how my reactions and attitude towards life’s challenges reflect my personal growth.
So, every time life loses my luggage with my medications or a change of underwear in it or anytime life changes my plans without my permission I will continue to ask myself…”What are you going to learn about yourself in this situation?”
I’m not totally there yet, but I like to think of myself as a work-in-progress.