What’s in Your Baggage?

Check Your Bags at the Door

A suitcase, a steamer trunk or a whole storage unit… we all have it, but do we need to keep it with us? Baggage isn’t always bad, it contains memories and loads of life’s lessons. However, baggage can be like dirty laundry, and I wonder if we need to expose our stinky stuff to others just because we have it?

Does having a rough upbringing give one permission to be anything less than a nice person when growing up? So many times in friendships and other relationships, people explain bad behavior away by bringing up past hardships from childhood.

I’m not your mother or father or sister or any other family member that might have treated you unkind, so why are you treating me unkindly? If you have a problem with your family, tell them and get it out of the way so that if you want to be friends we have a clear path to enjoy each other on. Baggage is very hard to deal with when forming friendships. How many times can you listen to the same thing? Okay, I get it. Your mother was not a mom, but Mommy Dearest. Your dad was never home and distracted with making a living. Your sisters and brothers got more attention then you. Okay, I get it. But I wonder why you treat me the way they treated you?

Then there’s love baggage. How many people do you really know who met their soulmate at five years old, fell in love and are still together? Heck, most of my friends come from broken homes. The family pets outlived the marriages and were presented at the altar of the judge in the separation of property. So why take it out on me? I want to love you, I want to be there for you… but you’ve been divorced now for ten years. The dog is dead, so let’s move on.

“Relationships are hard. To say they aren’t is a lie, but the best things in life are the ones we have to work at constantly, and still enjoy.” – Lacy ext. 5494

A couple of weeks ago, I closed out my storage bin. I’m still not totally unpacked; I think I’m waiting for the New Year to come in for some spiritual vibration so that when I go back in time and look at the items so carefully put away I can deal with it. One box was all photo albums – I opened that one before I took my coat off. It holds memories of wedding, birthdays, vacations, parties, friends and family of the best kind. I never heard of any family or couple taking pictures of the fights and divorces. I must admit, I have a few pictures of funerals, but they are of the peaceful passing of loved ones.

I’ve been married six times, and do not have one picture of the day I got divorced or was widowed. All the pictures of my pets are from when they were alive – all the kids in the pictures are grown up with children of their own. New families have been formed, and the flow of love continues.

If you’re going to share your past, know that it’s okay to leave out the hurt. You will feel better in the end.

“The only person you can change is yourself. Learn to accept others as they are or move on.” – Rivers ext. 5273

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2 thoughts on “What’s in Your Baggage?

  1. -quinn ext. 5484

    dear gina rose, thank you for your comment filled with wisdom.
    love the cry a river, build a bridge and get over it. brilliant.

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  2. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    There is a saying that goes :

    ” Cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it ” .

    However, for some, it’s difficult to build that bridge and get over it….the healing process varies from person to person.

    We are supposed to learn and grow from mistakes made in the past…..but not carry the past around on our shoulders where it hinders the present, and therefore, our future.

    If you are having trouble healing and ” building those bridges ” and moving on…..

    Try reaching out for * professional * help….. clinical therapy ( I always suggest first) ,…. talking with your priest, minister, rabbi, etc.,…. or….reading with your favorite psychic.

    but release the chains that bind you…..this incarnation is too short to stay stuck in the past.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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