The Burden of Baggage

My aunt passed away recently and like any other human, she left all of her worldly possessions behind.  My mom is a co-executor of her estate and was left with the task of figuring out what to do with it all.  

I’ve watched my parents over the past several weeks, spending many hours each day, trying to sort and give and manage….  

My mom is a sweetheart and has been a little torn about what to do with all of the stuff.  She loved her sister and wants to make sure she pays respect in the way that she disperses all of it… but honestly, all of that stuff has become a huge burden.

Whenever we hang on to stuff it simply accumulates, and in no area is this more true, than in that of our relationships.

Throw that grudge on the pile over there… but hang on to it just in case we need it later.

Store that painful memory in that special box, so we can open it up and inflict some additional harm when necessary…

Just like physical belongings, emotional baggage can build and build and overwhelm us in the carrying of it all.

Strapping on that backpack of resentment every day is HEAVY work.

I’ve spent the past week on vacation in Southern California and so enjoyed some much needed time at the beach.

I always over pack.

I like having options, but it’s more than I need.  

When I constrain and delete items from my suitcase, I have more freedom.

I have more space.

I’m not weighed down by hauling around a lot of stuff.

I’m learning, but I’m still not perfect.

Take a look in the mirror.  What’s weighing you down?  What would you like to delete from the load you are carrying?

Are you ready to donate it and get rid of it once and for all?

Seriously, pack it up and toss it out… gone forever.

Your brain will tell you it’s necessary to keep it, so this is where YOU tell your brain how free you will feel when you are able to let it all go.

You feel the resistance, but you do it anyway.  

And then, you are free to fly.