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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The Right to Be

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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  

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Both these quotes by John F. Kennedy should give us pause. What direction are we headed in? It appears to be “BACKWARD,” to a horrible time in our country’s history, or “FORWARD,” on a new dangerous path.

Where will this river take us? It’s up to each of us.

 

Your Life Is in Your Hands

“Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

Take a stand today and realize that your life is simply and completely in your own hands. If you have been suffering over some situation in your life then you, and only you, have made that decision–the decision to suffer.

Suffering should not be part of your life’s journey because it’s negative energy and will get you nowhere. Walk away and leave the suffering behind and find the path that will lead you to your purpose. There is no magic in this and no one can do this for you. You were born with free will and only you have the power to make the necessary changes in your life.

Your life is in your hands, but the real question is, how will you handle this precious, fragile, life that you hold? Will you give it the chance to find its purpose, or will you weight it down and hold it hostage?

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
~ Coco Chanel

The Runaway Life

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”  ~ Dr.Seuss

Do you sometimes feel that your life has gotten away from you? All the plans you had when you were young did they turn out the way you had envisioned? Most of the time our lives don’t turn out the way we thought they would, but that doesn’t mean they’re not the way they are supposed to be.

As you travel along on your journey, sometimes you make a turn along the way that puts you on a path that leads to a completely different life than the one you thought you were going to have. As long as you are having a good life where you are happy and fulfilled, then the turn you took so long ago was the right choice, and was really the life you are supposed to have. But what if that turn wasn’t? Then it’s time to make some changes.

You are in charge of your life even if it doesn’t always feel that way. If you are experiencing a runaway life then stop, take a deep breath and think about what you really want. You have the power to change your life and to live it on your own terms. You just need to make up your mind on what you really want. Sure there will be some modifications from what you envisioned when you were younger, but maybe that’s a good thing.

Perhaps that turn you took so long ago gave you some grief and is still making your life miserable. Maybe there was a lesson you had to learn through your experience. Life is all about learning lessons. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life you were meant to live. Take the steps needed–whether it’s going back to school, starting a new career, or ending a relationship, and begin to get yourself back on the path where your dreams are waiting for you.

Put wings on those dreams and fly high in the sky
bumping up against clouds where angels reside and all your dreams will then come alive.

See the Beauty

Open your eyes and see the beauty that is all around you. Go outside and take in nature in all its glorious wonder. See the bushes that now are turning, and how about those crazy trees throwing away all their leaves! Those silly squirrels are at it again hiding all their nuts while the woodpecker is busy chasing all from its suet tree. Look up at the sky, is it raining again? Oh how it keeps on changing from dark clouds to fluffy pillows covered in honking geese.

Winter is on the way in the Pacific Northwest, and every day is filled with activity and changes. The summer I like the best, but I guess, everything needs a long rest, and the main thing is  just to go with it.

While your eyes are open how about taking in those you love. Oh yes, I know, at best they can all be a mess, but you love them just the same. Like the changes in season our relationships can change too, and sometimes not for the best. Try and look beyond the things that irritate you, and find the beauty that lies deep within the people you call, “family.”

Open your eyes and see the beauty that is all around you, and capture the pictures of nature and those you love placing them deep inside your soul. Keep them close as a reminder how beautiful life can be, and then, just flow.