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Lay It Down

October 29th, 2010.  Bob’s Java Hut

Calm warm coffee shop.  Dark roast.  Inhaled my egg and cheese biscuit.  Rode in the 25 degree morning as the sun came up and illuminated the sky, pale blue almost-November sky.  A lot of clothes to keep out the cold, but the chill kept creeping down my neck.  I hate a cold breeze on my neck.  I’m steeling myself against the ensuing winter.  My friend Per from Norway’s voice in my head, “There is no bad weather.  Only bad clothes.”  Then again, he doesn’t mind hanging out in places like the North Pole.

Now for your Friday Food for Thought:

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. – Author Unknown

Imagine…You wake up in the morning, swing your legs over the bed, lean down and pick up a heavy backpack waiting on the floor next to your bed.  It’s filled to the brim with a bunch of useless crap.  Heavy, burdensome, useless crap.  You bend over, pull one shoulder through the strap, stand up, hoist the other strap over your shoulder, and begin lugging your baggage along your day’s journey.

The end of your day, exhausted from the burden.  Your backpack hits the floor with a thud, not far from your sleeping self, ready to be picked back up in the morning.

Carrying our mental baggage throughout our days is just as, if not more so, onerous than physical baggage.  Regret, resentment, anger, self-doubt–all of these things run willy-nilly through our minds, muddying our present moments, taking up precious space, lightness of being, and awareness of the blessings that stand before us.  When we carry useless mental baggage, we starve our souls of the vital sustenance of gratitude and inspiration and joy.

Hanging onto resentment [or self-doubt, or anger, or regret] is letting someone [or something] you despise live rent-free in your head. – Ann Landers

Writing Exercise: Letting go… What are you lugging around in your mind and throughout your days that is sapping you of joy and energy?  Lay it down.  Beginning with the words, “I am laying down…” write down everything you want to let go of so that you may live with a lighter mind and heart today.

What if you just decided to leave that extra luggage, to refuse to carry it around any longer?  How would you feel?

“Knowledge is learning something every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day.”
-Zen Proverb

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