Pack light for the journey

We need to pack light because the journey may be long and that stuff of the past that we call baggage just gets too heavy. Each of us all have baggage of some sort.

We have bags of insecurity. Bags of self loathe and criticism. Bags of generational and family issues. We have kid’s problems, work problems, spouse problems, sibling problems, health problems, enemy problems, you name it and we have got it. And it is strapped on our backs for dear life and we are hunched over and don’t even know what it feels like to stand up straight anymore or what it feels like to breathe free.

The Bible says to cast your troubles on him and he will dump it into to the deepest ocean but sometimes we it is almost as if we literally say “no thank you, I will just carry all of this myself if you don’t mind” and then we complain to everyone who will listen while being hunched over and hurting and carrying the baggage that we think we don’t have.

Erykah Badu has a song called Bag Lady and in it she says “bag lady you gon hurt your back, dragging all them bags like that.

One day all them bags gon get in your way, so pack light. Bag lady you gon miss your bus, you can’t hurry up, you got too much stuff.

I guess no one ever told you all you must hold onto is you. Sometimes it’s hard and we can’t let go when someone hurts you so bad inside but just start breathin, you won’t believe it feels so much better. Bag lady, let it go, let it go, let it go.”

We all want to think that we are evolved and past some things but in truth we are our own prisoners and hostages of the past and holding on to the baggage and all of the stuff that brings us down.

Remember you are making them real today even if they happened yesterday doesn’t mean that you have to hold on to them and take them into tomorrow. Take all the things that you’ve learned from the past and let the rest go.

Do you want to be free?

Then drop those bags and run as far and as fast as you can.

Run to freedom!

Run to where you don’t have to think about them anymore.

Run to where they don’t even matter.

Do you want to know where that place is?

That place is literally only one step ahead of you. Just step into that place and let those bags down and leave them there.

And breathe free.

And love with no judgments.

And laugh with reckless abandon. And forget that those things ever existed and start fresh.

And live, love and laugh.

Pack light because your journey might be long, and let it go, let it go, let it go. And tell me how your week is going at [email protected]

Catherine Tyson is the author of I’m Somebody’s Mama and host of the Lighten Up Show With Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27.

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