“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ~Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
You, I, my cousin, your friend, her friend’s uncle…everyone. Everyone carries excess baggage: guilt, pain, resentment, suffering, humiliation, failure, loss, intimidation, anger, jealousy, envy, a broken heart.
In a heart so filled with excess baggage, it is impossible to recover what we have left behind, or lost. There’s simply no more space in our hearts. It is therefore impossible to recover what was lost — and to tie up the things that will make us happy. The first step, then, is to eliminate the excess baggage and make room for what is true, beautiful, and enriching.
Easier said than done.
I don’t pretend I can lose everything that weighs down my heart and depresses my soul in one fell swoop. But being able to do that little by little is the first step in my journey home. I don’t have much time left to do that. But at least I can try. The very act of trying is a salve in itself, and as I slowly succeed, it is a small victory for me — a small one, no doubt, but significant in the overall scheme of happiness.
My quest for home has begun, and I will share each little victory with you as I move — day to day — from the darkness I am now drowning in from the weight of my excess baggage into the light and lightness of spirit I have longed for all these years.
Join me…stay with me. With you there, I will not be alone. Help me through the withdrawal pains from the addiction to what is dark, and heavy, and burdensome. And maybe — just maybe — you and I can emerge from the darkness into the lightness of soul and spirit that human nature truly seeks and deserves.