The baggage of your life will either be a teacher or a prison guard.
My friend Crystal was distraught. She said, “My Mom is unable to live in the present or acknowledge how blessed her life is.” She added, “The terrible mistreatment she had from an employer twenty-five years ago is something she keeps reliving and retelling to this day. I’ve had her go to therapy but to no avail. All she wants is for me to keep validating how awful the injustice was.”
Crystal had a choice to keep feeding her Mom’s baggage or detach from it.
In detaching from it Crystal discovered new freedom. She said, “I cannot accept the learning from that situation or be a prisoner to it; only Mom can make that choice. I can only love her for her wonderful qualities.”
The result has been Crystal’s sadness and frustration at her mother being replaced with a love that hopes for her freedom from her baggage.
Be aware of the baggage that informs or imprisons life
Be present to the choices that you can make
Notice how letting of real hurts in your own life or that of another frees you to be lovingly present.
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