Airlines And Your Extra Baggage

Airlines have adopted a business practice that is also true in the practical application of your personal life. Airlines now charge you for the luggage you take with you on your trip. Air travel has not been the same since September 11th. September 11, 2001 was a horrible tragedy. Sorry to say in your personal life you begin to carry extra baggage with you throughout your lifetime because of a tragedy or traumatic event that you have experienced.


It’s baggage that much like the airlines, you pay for but you pay for it forever. It follows you in your friendships, it creeps into your marriage and affects you on your job and the way you relate to your boss and co-workers. More than that, it haunts YOU!

To make matters worse we often despise the very thing we ourselves have become because of the baggage — the hurt we carry around. We also nurture that very same behavior in our children without even realizing it. Do you know any alcoholics who have parents who were alcoholics? How often does the husband who abuses his wife have a father who did the same thing to his wife. The son may have witnessed the horrible behavior, despised his father for it, but he became the very thing he hated in his father.

It’s a vicious cycle. Women who had a baby when they were a teenager often have daughters who get pregnant and have babies when they are still teenagers – maybe even at a younger age than their mother had her.

We need to learn to let go of that baggage. You need to do whatever it takes to stop paying for the wrongs that may have been perpetrated on you. It really starts with you! No, I am not a psychiatrist. I am not someone who should even be giving advice because I don’t even subscribe to most of the theories ‘professionals’ do. I am just a person who has had lots of people take to him. More people have leaned on or cried on my shoulders than I can remember. I feel strongly that I know what I’m talking about.

You have to first purpose it in your heart and mind to forgive the person or person(s) that wronged you. LET IT GO! It won’t be easy but most things worthwhile, aren’t. I’m not telling you t try to forget what was done to you. You need to remember. You might be someone later on in life to help someone else who has gone through the same thing you did. You might be the only one who can help him/her.

You need to forgive the person who wronged you. All the hurt, pain, bitterness, anger and suffering that you are taking on a life long journey; I can assure you the person who caused you all the pain is not experiencing any themselves. They might not have even given you a second thought in years. In order to move on with your life and let go of all the baggage you have to do the one thing you never dreamed of. You need to forgive that person so you can move on. Forgiving is freeing. It is a lifter of spirits. Forgiveness is a natural high! You will feel the weight of the world melting off your shoulders.

Get that emotional baggage off your back. Free your heart of all the junk you have bee harboring for all those years and be free. If you can’t do it alone, find a ‘trustworthy’ friend who you can talk to. They don’t need to give advice to you, you just need a good listener. Also be sure the person is trustworthy. The last thing you want is someone telling your business all over town or worse, the Internet.

If you need a psychiatrist, get one but don’t buy into that ‘therapy for years’ spiel. If you need to get down on your hands and knees, do it. Whatever it takes to free yourself — DO IT!

Bitterness and regret are cancers, but they only eat away at you and not the person who’s actions caused you your pain and bitterness. Whether you are in your teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or above; it’s never too late to release the beast and really start living your life. Do it now. Get off your butt and make the rest of your life something beautiful — STARTING NOW!

The very best for you, your friends, family and especially your children or children to be, is waiting for you. Be aware, not everyone wants to see you happy. Be prepared for that as you begin healing.

Happy New Year!

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  1. #1 by tekia on January 17, 2011 - 5:06 PM

    You may not be a professional, but you have given the same advice I would give to anyone who has been hurt (not that I’m a professional either). Forgive and let it go. Forgiveness does not mean to forget, it means to acknowledge and decide that the hurt and pain will no longer affect you or your life. We have the power to change our futures, not fate. Forgiveness gives us the wings of freedom to fly without all the baggage and start fresh. This was a great post Tom! Thanks for sharing.

    • #2 by Tom Baker on January 17, 2011 - 9:55 PM

      Thank you Te’Kia. I struggled writing this post as to how it would be received but I am happy that some folks agree with what I wrote. I have a poll that April and I put together that goes with this post and The Most Beautiful Girl In The World post I wrote last year. It’s very sensitive but anonymous. It’s very sensitive information so I’m not too sure how many woman will want to participate. We will see.

  2. #3 by shumpynella on January 13, 2011 - 11:30 AM

    So true. I learned an important lesson in the New Year – I can’t control anyone’s behavior but my own. So it’s up to me to keep my cool and not blame anyone for poor behavior on my part. Enjoyed reading this post…reminded me I have some weight to lose (figuratively and otherwise). All the best to you in 2011 :)

    • #4 by Tom Baker on January 13, 2011 - 6:29 PM

      Hey there again. We all could do well to lose that weight!

  3. #5 by cherlyn on January 10, 2011 - 7:49 AM

    A nice post for sure. Though there are a few points I don’t 100% agree with, your intent is genuine and despite my slight diffeerence of opinion, this is good advice and a positive outlook on life. Thanks for sharing with us :) have a great day

    • #6 by Tom Baker on January 11, 2011 - 6:50 AM

      Thanks Cherlyn. It’s always a pleasure when you have a positive reaction to what I put out here.

  4. #7 by Judy Marie Santiago on January 10, 2011 - 12:37 AM

    This is really nice. Kevin and I just had forgiven each other after a terrible fight and now I’m as bright as the sunshine again! :D

    And yeah, everything starts from each on of us. Let’s stop the cycle if it’s bad, and let it continue if it’s helping.

    Great to hear this from you, Tom! :D

    • #8 by Tom Baker on January 11, 2011 - 6:47 AM

      It’s important to forgive! Take care Judy. I hope all you two are better now.

  5. #9 by Scent of my heart on January 10, 2011 - 12:13 AM

    So true everything you say here! Enjoyed reading the post! Hope all is ok on your end Tom!

    • #10 by Tom Baker on January 11, 2011 - 6:46 AM

      Blaga, everything is okay with us and thanks for reading. I’m glad you liked it.

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