Packing Your Suitcase

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that, "Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." When I first read that, itís truth and wisdom found a home in my heart. Since then I have always done my best to carry the beautiful with me wherever I may travel. Since then I have always strived to pack the suitcase of my soul as full as possible with the most beautiful memories, thoughts, and feelings that I can.

Here are just a few of the things I have packed over the years. Each one of them has made my travels a little more beautiful. The sight of the clouds turning pink, purple and yellow during a mountain sunrise. The sound of my childrenís laughter. The smell of my Nanaís home cooked spaghetti sauce on a Sunday afternoon after Church. The taste of cold water from a pure, mountain stream. The feeling of a hug given in love. The sight of my daughterís dog wiggling with delight when she comes home from school. The joy of singing along with an uplifting song. The pleasure of watching a butterfly feed on the flowers I planted in the Spring. The peace that comes from breathing in deep the fresh air right after a Summer rain. The bliss of saying, "I love You God" and then hearing Godís gentle voice say in my heart, "I love you too My Child". The glorious knowledge that love, laughter, joy, and oneness with God are choices that we can make everyday of our lives. The Heavenly happiness that comes when I share all my love, all my learning, and all that I am with everyone I can.

You donít have to travel the world to find the beautiful. As Emerson said it is right there inside of you. Pack the suitcase of your own soul well. Fill it with all the beauty this world, this life, your spirit, and Heaven above has to offer. Then you will carry the beautiful with you always and you will forever share it with all of your fellow travelers.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

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[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 ( -- {used with permission} ]

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