All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.”
Last Sunday I spent 1 hour reviewing what I would be packing in my suitcase for a week long business trip. As a seasoned traveler, I try to keep everything to a backpack and 1 carry-on suitcase. However due to the length of the trip and the clothes I was packing (not my usual blue jeans and t-shirts, but dress pants, skirts, shoes), I was struggling to pack every thing in without having to expand the zipper. And everyone who travels a lot knows that the same amount of clothes always seems to expand on the return trip. So I decided to select a larger suitcase which would require me to check the bag. Not a big issue, it just meant that I needed to wait for my luggage to magically appear at the baggage carousel. I arrived at 6pm EST on Sunday night at the Lansing Michigan airport. As soon as we landed and I turned on my phone, I had a received a text message from United that my luggage was delayed and as a result I needed to go to the United counter and a United representative would assist me.
I wasn’t thrilled with the text message, but it appeared that they had it covered as I did not have to wait at the baggage carousel and discover for myself that my bag was missing. So I approached the representative at the United counter who point blank told me that I had to return at 11pm (next flight arrival) in order to receive my bag. I questioned his response as usually the airlines will deliver your luggage to your destination. He was adamant that if I wanted my luggage before 7am on Monday, I must return and claim the luggage myself, as there would be no one to drive my luggage to the hotel at 11:30pm at night.
So I drove back to the Lansing Airport at 11pm (thank goodness the hotel was 10 minutes away), and I waited, and I waited. People arrived and left, luggage arrived and left, but my suitcase never appeared. I went to the United counter and no one was there. I spoke to a security guard who informed me to knock on the Delta door and someone would assist me. I knocked and a Delta representative came out. I explained the situation and the Delta representative walked over to the United counter and started reviewing the computer screen. He started making comments to me as he investigated my missing luggage. Comments like…
This is not normal.
I can’t believe this happened.
He finally printed and handed me a piece of paper and told me to start calling the number at 5am. He then asked me if I knew the name of the United person that originally assisted me or what he looked like as he wanted to write him up for being lazy and not doing his job. I was too tired to remember anything about the United representative, but it was refreshing to know that…
Someone had my back.
I went back to the hotel at 12am angry and exhausted. I did not sleep well as I knew I would be wearing blue jeans and converse shoes for my first appearance at this facility. I did not have an issue with my appearance, however old stories started popping into my head.
Old stories regarding…
- I should of know better and took carry on luggage.
- I should of spoke to the United representatives’ boss.
- I should of blah…blah…blah…the list goes on and on.
Why did these old stores appear? Because I came from an…
old cultural story of blamers
Over the course of time I have been taught that even situations completely outside of my control are still my fault. When I arrived at the facility Monday am and met the event organizer, I apologized for my attire and explained the situation. The response…
WOW…how refreshing. No one yelled at me, no one questioned me, no one criticized me, and no one blamed me. As the week went on and I went through extensive process control training, I learned a new cultural story….
We don’t blame people for events outside of their control!
WOW…I lost more than my physical luggage this week…
I lost an old suitcase story…
My tendency to blame myself for everything outside of my control, and then internally blame and beat myself up over it.
What old suitcase story do you carry with you?
If everyone had your back and no one criticized or blamed you, what would you do?
Freedom Seekers Guide Summer 2017 Virtual Freedom Highway Road Trip
Here is where you can…
redefine yourself and re-imagine yourself
Prompt for the week: As we start out on our summer road trip, we are each allowed to bring 1 carry-on suitcase. What will you pack in your suitcase that reminds you of FREEDOM?
Being a seasoned traveler, I ask myself this question every time I pack. I have whittled down my list to the following essentials…
- Several crystals to keep me grounded
- Flower Essence to address potential energy imbalances as I travel
- 1 small singing bowl for meditation
- 1 pair of converse shoes…because I can hike in converse shoes
- 1 pair of blue jeans
- 2 t-shirts
- 1 jacket for colder days
- 1 pair of yoga pants
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 1 cell phone…to take pictures and to stay in contact with people
- 1 computer…to blog, take on-line yoga classes, and watch Netflix
The rest of the space in my suitcase if for the interesting items I will pick up throughout the summer….whether it be new clothes, new accessories, or new memories.
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