Saturday, July 15, 2006

With Baggage:

This is the prompt for this weeks Sunday Scribblings and it seems an appropriate topic forme for this time in my life.

While in Oregon and while waiting for our lost baggae no less in the Portland airport I sat and people watched . I love doing this in airports. I look at people and wonder where they are all going and why they look like they do. Some of the people are happy and some sad as though you can see how light or heavy their emotional baggage is.It makes me stop and think how do I look and present myself to others who see me . Is my emotional baggage evident in the way I carry myself ?

I wonder to why we all buy black baggage . Is it the conformist in each of us ? I notice occasionally while waiting for my baggage to come off the carousel there will be an occasional red,or purple bag slip in and wonder "Could that be a nonconformist"?I have also found the more I travel the less I pack. I think often I find a correlation with the weight and heft of my bags in real life to my emotional baggage. If I try to work thru the emotional baggage in my life won't my gait and outlook be lighther? I notice and wonder if the amount of emotional baggage we carry in life isn't evident to those that see is in life . I know I see people you can tell by looking at that they carry a lot of emotional heft on their backs.

Since packing up for this move we are about to make I have found that I really don't need all the stuff I think/thought I needed and isn't a lot of the material stuff in my life just baggage too.I know that clutter feels much like emotional baggage in my life.

I am reading a wonderful book I found listed on this bloggers site.I mainly look at her blog to see what books she is reading as she is an avid reader and most of the books she likes I do too.Her blog is MCC and My guys.The book I am reading is A Year by the Sea byJoan Anderson. It is about a middle aged woman who finds her true self while spending a year on Cape Cod. It reminds of A Gift From the Sea by Anne M. Lindbergh. One analogy she brings forth is that by 40 the years and the way you have lived life is written on your face.What does your face say? Does it reveal your hidden Baggage? I looked at mine and I see mainly the worry lines in my forehead and I find truth in her statement.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which , when at the flood,leads on to fortune,

Ommited,all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat;

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

Shakespeare,Julius Caesar,ACT IV,Scene Three


Susannah said...

Y, this is a very thought-provoking post. i too look at my face and see the past written there - i hope by the time i reach 40 a little peace will have descended on my brow.... "And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures." - this is so powerful and a good reminder to live in the moment - thank you x

bonnie said...

"I know that clutter feels much like emotional baggage in my life." I like this. I, too, am trying to 'declutter', and it feels freeing. Also, my place breathes a big sigh of relief with each bag of junk I throw out. Thanks for your insight!

lisrobbe said...

I have to agree that this is a very thought provoking post. I am not so sure that my face shows my past. until recently I was able to let most of the emotional baggage in my life just roll off of me and never really worried about it. But with the trama I have encountered in my life recently I have held on to the effect another person's baggage had on me. Slowly though I am letting go.