Even though there’s technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on an airplane, if you’re traveling internationally you are required to communicate to customs how much money you have if it’s more than $10,000. You should also be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you’re carrying because you can’t fly if you’re not willing to be accountable. All through the travel experience you’ve got to fly by the rules.
But this guy the other day at the airport in my hometown was carrying more than he was willing to explain. He had $422,000 cash on him and he was planning to carry all of it out of the country and he didn’t declare it to customs. Unfortunately, he ended up not being allowed to get on his flight. To make matters worse, law enforcement took every dollar he was carrying into their possession, because you can’t fly and do whatever you want!
This man didn’t get arrested, but all that money he was carrying was taken from him simply because he wouldn’t give an account or a reasonable explanation to law enforcement about where all the money he was carrying came from. This is a true story and a real life incident that made me think about how many people are traveling through life the same exact way; traveling with the attitude that they don’t have to answer to anyone. There are so many people today that think they can carry things how ever they want. No accountability to anyone. As if they can make up their own rules and do whatever they choose, because they’re “grown.” But at what point does a “grown” person realize that they have to learn accountability?
There’s a difference between age and maturity and one big part of it is living your life beyond how you feel. I’m sure if you have a large sum of money like this man in the airport did, it could potentially give you the feeling that you’re above the law. Some people have certain privileges that make them feel superior, so they walk with a level of self importance and feel they have a right to get away with what others can’t get away with. There are those who have fame, extraordinary looks, special gifts and talents, resources and connections and it makes them think they can do anything they want. But the truth is, all of us have to learn to respect boundaries and protocol no matter how much we think we are carrying. The narcissistic mindset of many that refuses to respect rules and guidelines is the same reason why so many “grown” people today don’t see as much progress, promotion and take off in their lives. There’s something dark, arrogant and diabolical about people who always go against the grain. We all know people who never think the rules apply to them.
This whole situation made me think how much further you and I could go on this flight called life if we stopped trying to carry more than we’re actually willing to be accountable for (insert can I get an amen!) There are those traveling who are trying to take flight in relationships and organizations and you still haven’t fessed up about all that you’re carrying. You could be carrying inside of you a considerable amount of depth and substance that could radically add value to everyone on this flight. You could have gone through experiences and have a great deal of knowledge and information that could benefit this flight and everyone on it. But how can people be blessed by what you carry if you never spill the beans and tell them that you’re actually carrying it? It’s just like the dude that was carrying “$422,000” on him. You’re carrying it like you don’t have to answer to anyone about what you have in and on you, but you actually do!
Sure, you might not have $422,000 on you today in cash money, but you may have it on you in wisdom. You might not have it in your bag or your bank account today, but it’s on you in the experiences you’ve outlived. You may not have it in your wallet today, but you definitely have it in the amount of adversity you’ve come through. All that you survived, it’s worth much! You have a a lot on you but right now it’s only in the form of the circumstances you survived. It’s on you in the form of the bullets you dodged that others didn’t. You may not have a bag of money on you yet, but it’s in your hands. It’s in your creativity and the unique abilities you have to write, organize, paint, style, decorate, heal, sing, motivate, swim, dance,…
You my friend are carrying a lot on you and in you. You just need to open your mouth and declare it! Open your mouth and communicate what you’re carrying so you can fly into new territory! There’s a world out there waiting for you to show up with all the abundance you have to bring. You’ve just got to be accountable and follow some of policies and procedures that are already in place. You don’t have to keep getting so close to your take off and leaving empty handed because you don’t want to pass the accountability test. Go back and try again. This time don’t be afraid to say where you got the wealth from (above) and don’t be afraid to carry your “$422,000!”
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