Baggage Claim…

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”  ~Mark Twain

Allow me for one moment to question you. How much baggage are you carrying? How much anger and resentment burdens you daily? How much of your life passes you by because you can’t see beyond the past? Are you really being your whole self if you are weighing yourself down with unrequited emotions and unresolved issues? I’ll answer that for you, NO.

The art of letting go is one not easily mastered, but it can be done, persistence is key. We never really realize the damage holding on to anger, sadness, bitterness and old feelings does to the vessel that is our body. (this includes your mind, your health and your spirit)  An angry person harboring ill feelings towards another is counterproductive. The person you are angry with, more than likely does not know you are angry or does not care and is living unbothered. You on the other hand subconsciously are being controlled by said  anger and unbeknownst to you this affects your mood, attitude and disposition. What quality of life does that bring?

“If you’re unhappy with anything, whatever is bringing you down get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self  comes out.”~Tina Turner

It has only been in recent years that I began unloading heavy baggage. It was like I had an epiphany of sorts, for months I tossed, turned and never slept more than three hours in a night. Never truly knowing what the underlying reason was, my mind was never truly resting. I would lay down with so much of the day still on my mind, I was getting into bed angry, I was exhausted but unable to find peace. Finally it hit me, I was focused on things that I had no control over, situations and people who I could not change.let-go-of-emotional-baggage I was not in control. There is no benefit in stressing over the past, for you can’t go back. On a very personal note, I will admit that I recently “broke” up with my best friend since I was eighteen (yes the very same friend I wrote an “Open Letter to My Bestfriend” to ) In the beginning I attempted to make amends and fix what was broken not realizing that our differences were inevitably broken, there was nothing I could do but forgive and let go.Ultimately, I am free from that stress, and if and when I do hear of said friend, I do not speak ill because I relieved myself of harsh feelings.

The same goes for relationships, work stress, past hurts and old situations. You have to let go of things that keep you grounded in the past. Delete old emails and text messages, stop checking your ex’s Instagram and Facebook accounts, deal with old feelings of hate and resentment towards that friend or family member who hurt you. Let go, Let GOD and be your best self.

What bags are you carrying?

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