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Robin's Realm


The Baggage of Life


It has been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks. I have been busy getting ready to move to a new home; a home that will bring new beginnings and new memories.

While packing, I got very frustrated with all the junk that I had collected over the years.

I just did not understand why I had saved some of the stuff I saved.  I finally told myself it was time to get rid of the stuff. I started by going to the kitchen and getting the garbage bags. I started in one room and just started throwing the junk into the bag.  I took one room at a time. It was an overwhelming process that took some time to achieve.

As the music was blaring and I was busy ridding myself of things that I no longer needed to carry on to my new home, it made me realize and think about the emotional baggage I still carry around. I am now forty-four years old. There have been many events that have happened in my life. With those events there are memories and feelings that have been stored in my brain.

Since finding Empowered Recovery over a year ago, I have released a huge portion of that emotional baggage. Has it been easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes! If we truly take the time to explore our inner self and work on disposing of the negativity that still rents free space in our head, our lives will be much better. We will be able to see more clearly. We will be able to think more clearly.

The longer we carry around this baggage in our heads the longer we are sitting on a luggage rack of life continuing to wander and search for where we are to be.

How do I do this you may ask? Seek help. I did. I found Empowered Recovery. The founder Doug Kelley wrote to me in an email in August of 2005:

You are enough. Wrap your world around you and those who love you (but only in a healthy way, of course).

You are smart and successful. Believe it. Accept it.

I have learned it all starts with me believing in me.  We are all smart and successful in our own way. Being involved in an alcoholic relationship drains the life out of us and leaves us with unwanted emotional baggage.

Stay focused. Be honest with yourself. Do not consider yourself a failure. We do not make mistakes, we learn lessons.  In learning those lessons, we can avoid making wrong choices in our future life.

Do not beat up on yourself. We are all human.  We all want to be loved. However, I have learned it all starts with loving me first.  We will be stuck in the rut if we do not rid ourselves of the baggage we continue to carry around.

You may choose to seek the help of a therapist. You may choose to seek the assistance of good friends and family. When we are lost in the fog, others can see much more clearly for us.

As the days goes by and the big moving day moves closer, I continue to dispose of the physical baggage as well as the emotional baggage I have carried around for so long.

Each day brings a new beginning for all of us. It is our choice how we will spend that day.

Do you want to spend it being wrapped up in baggage from the past or would you much rather spend it feeling energized, happy and loving yourself? It is your choice.


--Robin Walters, April 6, 2006


Copyright 2006 by Robin Walters. All Rights Reserved. 

Robin Walters is an alcoholic relationship survivor and writer in New York state. Robin still longs to be a school teacher, but now satisfies that longing by sharing her life experiences in the hope that her lessons will lighten the load for others. She may be contacted at robin@empoweredrecovery.com. Read more of her writings at www.EmpoweredRecovery.com/robin .




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