Unpack Those Bags Girl
Back in the day, I used to return from vacation and leave my bags packed. By only removing the bare necessities, I’d leave those little green suitcases in the floor for days upon days. Finally, whenever I got tired of tripping over the bags while trying to cross the room, of the bags being in my way, or whenever I grew frustrated from looking at them sitting on the floor, I would make time to unpack them.
Removing one item at a time, I’d put away all of the things that were packed for my trip and finally return those green bags back to where they belonged.
Then one day I asked myself, “Why is it that we don’t always put stuff back where it belongs in a timely manner?” Why didn’t I unpack those bags sooner after returning home? Did I need to carry them everywhere? No… so what was the point of leaving them packed?
The same goes for life. Often times we leave our “bags” packed from old trips, old relationships, old memories, etc. and the mess causes us to trip or to grow frustrated with life. Similar to how I left my suitcases on the floor, we allow our “bags” to continue to sit idle in our lives.
The truth is, you’ve got to make time to unpack those bags, sis. One item at a time, you have to put effort into putting those feelings things that you’ve been carrying to rest. Unlock the hurt and release it. Confront the insecurity and secure it. Face the unforgiveness and forgive.
It is easy to move around those bags each day, just like I walked over mine in my living room, but eventually you’ll trip over them or they’ll get in the way of everything else you have going on.
Unpacking those bags will allow you to move on and be ready for the next trip or the next stage of life. It will help you move past those negative feelings and help you grow. It will also help you to be more peaceful and more content with life.
So in the words of Erykah Badu in her famous song Bag Lady, “Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it gooooo….!” UNPACK THOSE BAGS GIRL!!!
By: Verinique D. Bailey, “The V. in Virtue”