Empty Your Bag

Imagine for a moment that you’re going on a trip today. You’re taking a plane to your dream destination, all expenses paid.

You arrive early to the airport, free plane ticket in hand, excited to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You get to security and they won’t let you through. Puzzled, you start to panic. You were careful not to pack anything on the “banned” list. All your liquids are in 3 oz. containers. What could possibly be wrong?

The TSA agent takes a look at your boarding pass. “I’m sorry ma’am,” he says, frowning down at you from the conveyor belt. “Your trip is free, but there’s just one catch.”

You breath a sigh of relief. Just one catch? OK.

“You have to empty your bag.”

What? You’re confused. He shakes his head, as if he sees this situation every day. With a weary look, he hands you a piece of paper. “Read this,” he says. “It will all make sense.”

In big letters, at the top of a thick sheet of paper, are the words:


The following items are NOT allowed:

  • limiting beliefs
  • excuse-making
  • playing the victim
  • baggage from past relationships
  • self-sabotage and procrastination
  • …and any others that prevent you from being your best self

Turns out, the destination is life. And to enjoy it fully, you have to empty your bag.

Where would you begin?



Comments & Feedback:

  1. Miss B

    Yesterday I was mad at myself. I have present opportunities to build a great future but I’m watching it it slowly slip from my lap due to procrastination and slight depression. I find that I’m constantly fighting myself in order to hold on to what I know is promised.This post was needed for my spirit today. Thank you.

    • I can definitely relate to that feeling. I try not to kick myself too much for missing out on some great opportunities over the years. MI know that much of my procrastination has to do with either fear of failure or fear of success. Sometimes, both! One question you might ask yourself is: what are you afraid of? If you can name the fear. maybe you can better address it head on instead of letting procrastination get the best of you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us :)

  2. Love it. It’s similar to a poem I read called “The Devil Left His Bags.” I know personally once I emptied my bags, life has a fresher feeling and I had a better outlook. Those negative emotions only holds us back from living out our true purpose anyway.