Monday, December 27, 2010

things we carry

Lots of people travel during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. But blizzard-like weather has bungled itineraries here and abroad this holiday season, stranding people in airports, train stations and bus terminals, over the river and through the woods. It's got me thinking about an article I read the other day in which former Clemson All-American and NFL player Perry Tuttle, now an author and motivational speaker, talks about suitcases. Specifically and metaphorically, the luggage we lug around on this journey of life and what we keep inside it. Mine gets so heavy sometimes with woulda' coulda' shoulda' thoughts, academic and career atrophy, loss and grief, minor irritations, mindless worry and wasted time. Baggage that just needs to be set down. In fact, the tattered, oversized naugahyde suitcase itself should probably go. And in its place, a small carry-on containing only the clearest thoughts, wisest lessons, best intentions, true faith and cherished memories, which are all lighter than air and take up hardly any space at all.
(Tepper Jackson luggage tags)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A few good suggestions on how to lighten the load for 2011. To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!