About four years ago I started travelling a lot for work, and I invested in a new medium size suitcase with four single wheels. At the time I wasn’t convinced about hard sided suitcases so I spent a small fortune on a soft sided suitcase and simply assumed it would meet my needs.
It soon became apparent that when this particular suitcase took on just a bit of weight, it didn’t roll well on it’s four single wheels. It became the source of frustration each and every time I travelled.
I’ve put up with this frustration for all of this time thinking that this is what I needed to do because I had spent money on the item and I couldn’t possible justify buying yet ‘another’ suitcase.
Fast forward to the lesson – I have a couple of short trips coming up and already I had started feeling anxious about using this soft sided suitcase with four single wheels, and so I made the decision to invest in a new one. I am now the proud owner of a medium sized hard sided suitcase with four double wheels and it rolls beautifully.
As soon as I clicked on the payment button I felt a weight lift from my shoulders and I knew I’d done the right thing. But wait, there’s more…
As I discussed the purchase with a friend, we began considering how many of us hold on to things, both material items like my ill-functioning suitcase, a pair of shoes that rub the wrong way or a frypan with a loose handle, and non-material considerations such as thoughts and ideas, relationships or careers – even when they no longer serve a purpose for us.
These days we all have easy access via social media to inspiring people from across the globe, and often the messages that are shared are underpinned by major shifts in mindset or significant changes in ones way of doing things, but I think it is important to remember that there can be benefits in the small things too.
I have finally let go of the suitcase that wasn’t serving a purpose for me anymore, and I hope my suitcase example goes some way to proving that any breakthrough we have can count as a win. It doesn’t need to be something major – a small change in your thinking can make all the difference!