White lettering on black background says "Preparation."

I fetched the suitcase from the storage closet and placed it in our room.

Piles of clothes and papers and electronics and charge cords are forming here and there around the house.

It’s been awhile since I had to prepare for a multi-day out-of-town business trip, so my packing skills are understandably a bit rusty.

I remind myself that less is more and strive to make sure the basics are covered.

Beyond that, I tell myself, don’t sweat it.

“Covering the basics” is part of the joy of travel.

We disengage from the closets-full of clutter, gather the simplest things we need, and head out into the world.

Truthfully, we could get by pretty much every day with just those same basics.

If only we were prepared to simplify.

I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.


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