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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
TITLE: Luggage (i)
By Paul Mobley
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Having wrestled a duffle bag, then traveling on business horsing a suitcase around, I came to
know luggage. As I learned though I began reducing the luggage to where an attache case was
enough for papers, and some clothes, for two-three day trips.
Worse, is the baggage we carry around in our mind. It can be from anger, to emotional, to
prejudice, to merely criticism. There are a raft of these and other things that we gnaw on, refusing
to let go. Some of these may be good to remember unless we allow them to over occupy and
divert our mind. Others are just plain no good.
The bad ones can develop into ongoing hatred, resentment, sarcasm, cynicism, pessimism,
withdrawal, and, of course, depression. They began to control our life. Then we resort to
intimidation, and perhaps manipulation, in an effort to defend our self. Or, we may become over
dependent on others gravitating into helplessness.
It is this baggage, this kind of baggage, that prevents us from becoming the best we can, of
accomplishing all we can, and severely reducing or destroying our internal happiness. Obviously,
we need to rid ourselves of this kind of baggage.
Getting rid of this baggage compels us to remember our inner self which has been kept
hidden, ignored, and abandoned. We need to take up the cause for our inner self, our inner man or
woman, bringing it into the open, and examine its genuine needs. The first realization may well be,
"why in the world am I allowing such negative thoughts and actions to adversely affect me ?" And
it is then that the process of getting rid of such heavy baggage begins.
We need to get angry at such interactions with us, such attitudes by others, yet we should not
get angry at the people practicing them. They may be in the same boat you have been up to this
point. Help them if you can, but don't be angry at the persons. And we need to get angry with self
for allowing such behaviors into our own life. Now we realize that it is time to rid ourselves of
these ill affects on our life.
But do not dump them on other people. They don't need anymore than they may have
already. Shake them off in your own space, and leave them there.
Identify each ill affect on our self, its source, and forgive and forget each one. Get them out
of our thinking and behavior. Breathe the fresh air, expand your positive thinking, and view the
much wider personal world now open to you. Let our Lord into your life all the way, realizing
that you can do all things with Him at your side.
Some baggage is good, some is bad. Get rid of the bad.
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