Emotional Baggage

So, a flight attendant on the Westjet flight yesterday was going through the usual pre-take-off routine. Asking people to stow their carry-on luggage under the seat.

Then he added, “Stow your emotional baggage too,” & all the passengers cracked up.

Some of us on the flight (or perhaps only moi??) sat there wishing emotional baggage was that simple to deal with!!!! Some days, it feels as though my own is leaking out all over the place.

In a manner of speaking…


‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.” – Richard Rohr

Couple Runners-up for today’s honours:

“[T]hose who insist they’ve got their ‘shit together’ are usually standing in it at the time.” Stephen Levine

“…the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way – outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing”… “because these activities preclude awareness of the Divine.” – Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his book I’m God, You’re Not (reviewed in Tikkun Magazine, Winter 2011 issue, their 25th anniversary issue. Theme: Transforming the World).

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

“When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.” – Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born English writer

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941

“What other people think about me is none of my business.” – Karen Buxcel

“It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

“Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.” – Golda Meir (1898 – 1978), Israeli prime minister