Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pack Your Bags

If you were taking a trip, you’d likely know where you were going, what the weather would be like…how long you would be there…and what you would need while you were away.

But what about the other life journeys we take unexpectedly?  What about the ones that are not planned out…and yet we are still required to take action at a moment’s notice?  That’s when you realize that no matter how much preparation you do in anticipation of making a change or taking a journey, you usually wind up spending too much time thinking about what to take with you and not enough time considering what you should leave behind:

1.              The past…if you’re headed to a new destination, a higher learning…better place, you must leave your past behind.
2.              Anger…with yourself, with others, for what life has dealt you and the cards you didn’t get.
3.              Forgiveness…don’t leave it behind, but make sure you’ve forgiven yourself and anyone else who has wronged you, so you never have to look back…and you learn your life lessons on the first go round.
4.              Regret…it’s pointless, not productive and keeps you from focusing on what really counts…YOU and YOUR future!
5.              Ignorance…the true state of trust and living with the assumption that you can trust everyone.  Leave ignorance behind, but bring trust forward with you…don't lose the child-like quality of wanting to see the best in people.  You cannot let one mistake define you or control the best part of life you have…the remaining part you have to live.  Live in the moment, seize the day, and leave your baggage behind.

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