I travel to Abu Dhabi quite a lot to work. I always take my work in my carry on luggage so that if there is a problem I will always be able to do my job. I have the most important ‘need’ with me.
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This journey my suitcase didn’t make it to Abu Dhabi with me. The workshop I was conducting would be fine, I just ‘needed’ to buy some clothes to wear to work, toothbrush and underpants. Just my basic ‘needs.’ The morning of work I rang the airline and my bag had been sent back to Brisbane not onto Abu Dhabi and would take another day to get here. Oh dear….I thought. I would have to buy another outfit and underpants for the next day.
Nomadic tribal people only carry what they ‘need’. This is a great lesson I had already learnt, it is about letting go of stuff that you don’t ‘need’ in life that doesn’t serve any purpose. It allows you to live a simple life.
I have understood the lesson between needs verses wants in the past too, but this lesson went deeper this time. This time, I realised my underpants were a luxury!
To my surprise when I returned home from work on my first day my bag had arrived. It was like a long lost friend that had come back into my life. I had so many things to choose from. I was so happy, I even changed my clothes.
I realised that my ‘needs’ were in fact the luxuries of my life, they gave me a feeling of abundance and I had great appreciation for all that I have.
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I also realised that my thoughts about ‘wanting’ to fly business class on my long haul flight home were ludicrous. As long as my ‘needs’ are met, I am abundant, in the flow of life.
Do you really appreciate what you ‘need’, do you see it as a luxury in your life?
Only when everything is taken away can we really appreciate the true essence of our ‘needs’ as our life’s luxuries.
Taking only that which I need……Tracy x