One of my favorite quotes is:
“All life’s a journey. So pack wisely.”
In theory, this seems a simple enough prescription. Too often what we carry through life has long ceased to be important.
But, in life, it becomes less easy to follow then one might think.
In our youth, we are strong and resilient and we tend to ignore our excess baggage. By midlife, we start to feel crushed by the extra weight of this baggage. Yet, we are as much comforted by it’s constant presence as we are overwhelmed by having to decide which items we need to keep as our luggage for life and which items are just baggage to shed.
So in the spirit of the new year, a time of reflection and meditation, I offer my poetic wish list for packing wisely.
In Your Luggage For Life
by Linda AnselmiMay you carry the Courage to Show Vulnerability And the Willingness to Honor Imperfection May you carry the Generosity to Extend Compassion And the Openness to Experience Sorrow May you carry the Eagerness to Embrace Joy And the Strength to Accept Pain May you carry the Persistence to Uncover Hope And the Determination to Face Fear May you carry the Boldness to Confront Injustice And the Humbleness to be Open-Minded May you carry the Honesty to Celebrate Love And the Respect to Savor Peace May you carry the Heart to Live Authentically And the Spirit to Live Whole-Heartedly
Other posts you may enjoy:
Susan Boyle and Adapting to Change
Pondering the Possibilities: Growing Happiness
For the Joy of Animals: Generational Support
I hope you don’t mind if I print this out and post it on my wall at work. Thank you!
I am honored!
Absolutely perfect – thank you!
So very glad you enjoyed it!