Packing for the Journey

What if the past is a backpack that I put on each day,
and each morning when I rise, I choose what I will carry forward with me?
What if I imagine that each memory, each moment of my past
weighed the same; traumas and celebrations alike?

If today is a journey I am about to embark upon,
what do I pack?

I look to the journey of this day and sort through what I have laid out.
I pack memories that will keep me warm.
I pack the map of lessons learned to help me find the best route forward.
I pack the knowing of those in my life who will walk beside me.
I pack the wisdom of my ancestors, and my love for those I’ve lost.
I pack my circle of friends, like a life preserver I always have if needed.
I pack moments of joy and laughter as a reminder that sorrow has a companion.
I pack the insights gained to use as a cushion for moments of quiet reflection.
I pack the love I have received, as a gift I know I can now give to others along the way.

Pausing, I find that my bag is nearly full.
If I really wanted to, I could squeeze in hurt feelings,
or that grudge I’ve been carrying.
However, there certainly doesn’t seem to be room for that person I’ve been choosing not to forgive,
or that disagreement that I didn’t want to let go of.
Well, maybe I could squeeze that one in!
Or, better yet, I could leave a little space in my pack for growth
and begin the journey of today a little lighter than the day before,
not weighed down by the past.

Lynda Allen sees herself as a life in progress. Her personal mission is to be the purest expression of love that she can be. How that expresses is ever evolving and deepening. One of the profound ways that love moves through Lynda is in the form of words. She helps hearts to open through sharing those writings and words. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Rest in the Knowing, Illumine and Wild Divinity, a novel, Sight to See and a nonfiction book, The Rules of Creation. She is currently joyfully working on a new collection of poetry and essays titled Grace Reflected. Through all of her creations, Lynda strives to inspire others to open their hearts and embrace their journey, both the dark and the light, with joy. You can follow Lynda on her blog.

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