Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Excess baggage

Your life is so little and insignificant in the infinite and unfathomable scheme of the universe that there is just not enough space for the excess baggage you lug around with you, as if your very survival depended on it. You insist on taking it with you wherever you go. Each of your bags has an ominous tag—anger, rage, hatred, resentment, pride, greed, insensitivity, selfishness, apathy, and insecurity. There is just one problem: there is no one around to help you carry them. You know why? Because nearly everyone else is carrying the same amount of excess baggage as you do. And no one wants to dump them and become truly free.

The ten extra large bags do you so much harm you scarcely realise it, each one pulling you down into an abyss, causing you the mental equivalent of physical paralysis. This is no life.

Why are you reluctant to offload your excess baggage? What are you afraid of that you should cling to the very things that make you unhappy and self-destructive? What are you trying to prove? More importantly, what are you hiding under? A false sense of security, perhaps. If that were the case you would have been happy with yourself and at peace with others, but you know you are not.

So why not replace these bags, which are draining out all your mental and physical energies and making you a bitter and nasty person that others run away from, with a new set of bags that take you in the other direction, where you are a better person and where others like being around you.

The new tags on your ten brand new bags should ideally read calmness, understanding, love, acceptance, humility, generosity, concern, selflessness, compassion, and self-assurance.

Unlike the negative baggage you carry about with you and which absolutely no one wants, anyone would be willing to give you a hand with your new bags. Just try passing them around and see what happens—you will be surprised how many people come forward to take them out of your hands and carry them for you, happily and cheerfully—because that is how they see you. Get a real life.

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