Baggage

Bags

Dealing with baggage can be a real pain. We stuff things in that we don’t know if we’ll really need, and it tends to get heavy. We carry it and drag it all over the place, and we wonder why we packed what we packed. Now that’s real physical baggage. What about emotional baggage? We can sure pack a lot of emotional baggage during our journey, and it’s not just us doing the packing. Like physical bags, emotional baggage can get very difficult to handle.

We start out with our parents packing all kinds of things into a bag for us. Now, our parents don’t mean us any harm. I’m speaking of course about most parents. I realize there are exceptions. Parents in fact usually want the best for us. But they only know what they know and are doing the best they can. That being said, guilt and all kinds of rules of who and what we should be and believe in get stuffed in there. This can cause a lot of confusion in our minds where we sometimes come up short of their expectations and maybe our own. Other family members can also add to our load.

As we travel along this journey we experience many negative situations in the form of friends, lovers, co-workers, and complete strangers. All of these people and the experiences they bring get stuffed in our bags causing us to become overwhelmed. The baggage just becomes too much for us to cart around and we can become sick. We don’t know what to do and start to feel that we are stuck with this baggage forever.

Have you ever thought about just letting go of the baggage? Walking away from it, or imagining pushing it off a cliff? You can do all of these things. Just because a bag was packed for you and grew along the way, doesn’t mean you have to keep it anymore. You just have to let go. It’s that simple. By letting go you stop being a prisoner of your mind. If you let go of all your baggage you start living in the present and you let the past be just that.

I know you can do it. You can be happy and free. You might not realize it, but you and only you have the power to make any change you want to in your life. Once you realize this you can start to really live the life you were meant to live. Come on, use your power and live a full life, and get rid of the baggage that is holding you back.

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu

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32 thoughts on “Baggage

  1. Eliza says:

    Thanks Michele
    Here’s to letting go of the unnecessary
    Love, light and glitter

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  2. I decided to pack something else dear lady…my heart. It showed me what I really wanted in life by lighting up those bits we drag around in the corners. Each one painstakingly pulled out, twisted, turned and even stuck through the washing machine to make sure it wasn’t hiding anything. And then realise, as you have delightfully said, that it all doesn’t really matter, eventually bypassed for a much lighter journey with the one thing that does matter, that inner light that we take everywhere ❤
    Great post my friend, may your journey always be with that light ❤

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  3. Great post Michele. Bravo.

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  4. pjlazos says:

    Oh, so hard to do but sooo important and it feels great when you do!

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  5. Markus J. says:

    Truly beautiful words. Thank you.

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  6. Michelle says:

    Great post Michele, I read somewhere once that we, and those around us, spend the first 40 years stuffings in all that baggage and then we get to spend the next 40 emptying it out. Here’s to getting rid of that excess luggage!

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  7. msw blog says:

    What a great analogy intertwined with so much truth. You and your readers may enjoy this post on the topic
    https://reallifeofanmsw.com/2018/09/30/emotional-reaction/

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  8. Yes..it is a reoccurring theme with me.

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    • I hear you Elizabeth. Getting rid of the baggage is something you just keep working at. Just like Michelle said above, it takes 40 years of collecting this stuff and maybe even 40 years to get rid of it. Happy cleaning 🙂

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  9. smilecalm says:

    ok, Michele
    you win!
    as soon as
    the rain stops
    i’m off to
    the recycle center 🙂

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  10. Lovely post! Beautiful writing

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  11. Karen Lang says:

    Love this reminder 🙏🏻

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  12. DigiThanks says:

    We all have baggage, find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack. 🙂Thanks Michele for this beautiful post!!!

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