Lost Luggage


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Lost Luggage

by Vinita Hampton Wright

LuggageTo begin with, I over-packed. I expected to get all sorts of extra projects done in the “spare time” that would magically materialize during the trip. Also, I couldn’t figure out which clothes to take—why is it so hard to come up with the perfect outfit?

Then one of my bags was lost in transit, and I couldn’t wait for it so continued the trip without it. I had to buy shampoo and some socks. Other than that, I didn’t miss the bag. By the time I headed home, the bag was back in my possession. I set it down in the hallway at home and didn’t open it for a week because I couldn’t remember what was in it. And if I couldn’t remember, then could anything in that bag be so important?

This makes me wonder how much energy I use up, day in and day out, hauling stuff around that isn’t even important. What burdens have I taken upon myself that just take up space and make me tired and anxious?

I don’t think we were meant to live this way—too many bags, and too much weight. I think God wants us to travel light and to enjoy the trip a lot more.

Vinita Hampton Wright 

Vinita Hampton Wright is a Loyola Press editor and the author of many books, including Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, and Dwelling Places. She leads workshops and retreats on writing, creative process, and prayer.​

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Books by Vinita Hampton Wright

The Art of Spiritual Writing

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Incorporating her extensive publishing and writing experience, Vinita Hampton Wright provides a practical and straightforward look at spiritual writing for a broader audience in The Art of Spiritual Writing.

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Daily Inspiration for Women

In Daily Inspiration for Women, four authors share their individual, spiritual wisdom in this daily source of strength, solace, and celebration that happen in the seasons of a woman’s life.

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Simple Acts of Moving Forward

60 Suggestions for Getting Unstuck

We want to move forward in our careers, our family life, our faith, but how do we do it when there is so much weighing us down? Simple Acts of Moving Forward offers simple but profound solutions to help us move forward in our personal lives.

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Days of Deepening Friendship

For the Woman Who Wants Authentic Life with God

Develop an authentic, dynamic relationship with God through these spiritual meditations for women.

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Small Simple Ways

An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living

Wright’s reflections help you discover “God in all things,” recognize the graces of the day, and take simple, powerful steps to grow in faith, hope, and love over a year.

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