We All Have Lessons-Learned. What Are Yours?
We all have lessons-learned in this journey called Life. I am going to share one of mine today and I hope you will be able to relate. Please feel free to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment at the end. We would love to hear from you and your lessons-learned.
Some of the buzz words and phrases today are” live in the moment”, “enjoy life”, “don’t worry what will be will be” and “live a life of intent”. Robb and I use them often. Honestly, “live in the moment” has helped us manage some very difficult times in our lives. Focusing on exactly what is going on right now, watching a movie, listening to the rain, or just being. Sounds easy, right? Staying in the moment and not fretting or worrying about things that may, or may not, present themselves. Only plan for future events without worry or concern, take each step as it comes, work each challenge as it arises (if it does). We value these lessons-learned. Yesterday is to learn from, tomorrow is to plan and today is to live.
As we have adopted this philosophy, concern for our golden years, anxiety over decisions that may affect us, our future, or finances have lessened and our daily life is much more enjoyable. The lessons-learned are simple. Do not let someone or something steal your joy. There is a solution, and the answer, in given time, will present itself.
Honestly, we really do believe this mantra. Our nomadic life has become easier. Travel is just what we do, all the time. Sometimes we stay in a place for a few weeks and sometimes just over night. We packed our suitcases in November and haven’t unpacked them yet, except to switch out our winter clothes for more of our spring and summer attire.
We invested in a few luxury kitchen items to give us a sense of home on the road. Recently we bought a single burner induction cooktop, Instant Pot, and we always have 4 nice wine glasses to enjoy our wine. Yes, I do cook in our hotel room. Thankfully, we are Spire Elite Members with iHG and often get free upgrades to a suite.
FAME Racing HQ travels in an orderly fashion as well. Our paperwork and files all have their rightful place in the truck. We keep our office supplies, printer and shredder within arm’s reach. We even have a few “project” boxes that need our attention at some point in time. Checklists and notebooks are our best friends even when we forget to check them properly before departure. Lessons-learned the hard way result in wasted time.
Adapting to this constant traveler lifestyle has been an easy transition. We have developed systems that work for us and creative ways of doing business on the road. Imagine moving your office everyday. You have to be diligent in your processes. In fact, I boasted the other day about how organized we are. Then it happened! The terror of a missing document surfaced.
FAME is booked into the Yuma County Fair and Verde Valley Fair, both of which are in Arizona. We decided that we would leave a week early, and go visit our son Matt in California for a few days. As an added bonus, we planned a little trip to Mexico for a few days’ vacation. We found a most amazing condo on the beach in Ensenada and of course we are all off the charts with excitement.
I think I asked Matt twelve different times if he had his passport. He has assured me twelve times that he does. I knew for a fact we had our passports with us, and EXACTLY where they were, since we haven’t used them since I put them there. So, night before last, we were packed and ready to leave Delaware and I thought maybe I should just double-check for the passports. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! You guessed it, no passports. What am I going to do?
Suddenly my whole world fell apart. I hardly slept that night, trying to manifest the missing booklets. I woke up in a mood. Silence was the only thing spoken. I had allowed the ugly twins, Doubt and Pity, to steal my joy. Instead of acknowledging the fact the passports had to be in our possession somewhere in the truck, I had a pity party.
I told myself and Robb that I am so unorganized. That statement snowballed into I can’t do anything right, which quickly became I hate my life, and finally I can’t do this anymore. Sound familiar? Yes, we allow those little monsters to rule our day, our week and finally our lives. Thankfully, the lessons-learned through these last years of reading and studying took over. I immediately and deliberately cancelled all of the negative affirmations. Step by step I reaffirmed and spoke life and blessing over our minds, our business and everything else that I tore down. Shortly after that little exercise Victory prevailed.
We settled into the Holiday Inn rather early last night. I thought, let me recheck this pocket of my suitcase, before I dump the whole thing out and repack it. There it was, below my selfie stick and extra gloves, at the bottom of the pocket, our passports. What a relief and what a wasted day of worry, anxiety and self-deprecation.
What are the lessons-learned? It only takes a minute to change your entire outlook on life. When something negative presents itself, take a deep breath and acknowledge that this is just a moment in time. What you choose to do with the next few moments will direct your path. Don’t let that determined duo, Pity and Doubt take your peace of mind. You are better than that! You have every right to be happy, joyful, and at peace with yourself and your world. Let Joy and Love be your soul mates. Finally, don’t wait for the last-minute to look for your passport! Lessons-Learned!
Peace and Love to All! Travel Safe, and Always Be Kind!
Maureen & Robb
aka The Stromads