Emotional baggage…..it is something we all have them in varying degrees. It has many faces. We store them in the remotest part of our brain, in the deepest chambers of our hearts. We have them in our extensive database of memories. Some are so close to the heart that they bring out tears at the slightest provocation. Other baggage may feel arouse our anger or very deep resentments and may result in us exhibiting anti-social or antagonistic behaviours.
Shadows follow and haunt many, in their dreams or waking hours, in unlikely places, unexpected and intimidating. Uncontrollable anger that can lead to violence can explode without warning. Resentment can wreck lives and cause much bitterness.
Others will live in denial and spend their lives disconnected with the real world. They withdraw to their own make-believe world. Some will find blame in everyone except themselves; it’s always the other person’s fault. What about victims and the victimizers?
Many are lost searching for something they can not identify. Something is missing. There seems to be no purpose in living. A mass of lonely faces line the crowded streets, sit in public places, in schools, agonize through the day in the workplace, gather at churches perhaps to seek solace. Everyday we see a vast sea of sad , depressed and unfriendly faces. Our roads are open avenues to lash out their frustrations, thus uncontollable road rage. Scary.
Emotional excess baggage demands a high price at times. There are those who succumb to the weight of this burden when it becomes too much for them to bear. They find no further reason to keep up the fight. Life loses its lustre, they find the world cruel, their existence meaningless. To them, the fight is over, if there ever was one.
There are many who go through life like a driftwood and let the current take them wherever. It does not matter anymore. Is our world this cruel?
What causes these emotional suffering?
Broken dreams, broken relationships, failed careers, lost hopes, betrayals, violations, childhood trauma, abuses or other forms of trauma ,add to this health issues. Social disgrace, financial disasters, poverty and addictions cast deep emotional scars to the most vulnerable members of the family and society.
Is our fast-paced society to blame? Add to this the pursuit of material success, endless toys,gadgets and exponential advances in technology. Fragile relationships, weakening family ties, unreasonable expectations of self and of others add to the already overstuffed emotional baggage.Some carry them for a long, long time.
All is not lost, if we take a moment to listen to our deeper needs, beyond the physical. There is a flood of information, organizations, professionals and other resources most communities offer. Deep emotional suffering is a critical issue that can no longer be ignored, by society and by those who suffer. There is more to life.
Wisdom of the ages from different cultures and beliefs are revived or revised to suit the present psyche of society. It offers a holistic approach , involving the whole person’s mind, body and spirit.
The wonders of medical and scientific research are vast, although pill-popping is not always the best answer.
Take stock of the weight of your emotional baggage…..and do something about it. Remove the old emotional baggage that is keeping you from your success. Overcome limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Let go of your anxieties about the future. Live the life you have always dreamed of!
You will find that life is really worth living, life can be so beautiful.