We’ve lived in a mobile world for a long time—it’s so much easier to travel than it was for previous generations. Being on the move is part of what we do. We hop in the car, or on the plane, or climb on the bus or train, and off we go.
Some of us travel so often we have a mental list of things to take with us. I know I do. I religiously ensure I pack a small first-aid kit and a tiny fold-up umbrella—essential preparation for blisters, bites, small cuts, and rain at every destination.
Recently it dawned on me that I don’t think about taking along my sense of heart. It hasn’t occurred to me to include intentions to be kind and caring, and make thoughtful and healthy choices. Maybe I assume they’re always with me.
When I’m in unfamiliar places, I often feel uncomfortable about my surroundings. Then I’m unwilling or unaware of ways I can be heartful. But I don’t need to be that way.
I can intentionally pause and ask my sense of heart to consider how to do kind things and say kind words—to myself and others. There’s always opportunity to bring along more of my caring self.
Next time I prepare to travel, I plan to make a point of packing my sense of heart. Maybe there’s some small item I can take with me to remind me to bring heartfulness wherever I go.
What would you bring?