I was watching ESPN's 30 for 30 film "The Price of Gold" which told the story of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan's saga during the 1994 run for the Olympics. Harding's then husband and two of his friends conspired to injure Kerrigan hoping the injury would prevent her from competing. To this day, Harding states that while she did know "after the fact" she was never involved in the planning of the incident. I know you're asking "how does luggage connect with the Harding/Kerrigan scandal?" The connection is mental luggage. Harding's soul luggage.
As a child; Harding's Mother repeatedly told her "you will never amount to anything." I can guarantee that the very first time Harding heard from her Mother's mouth that she would never amount to anything; Harding's hand became an extension of the luggage handle and would carry that luggage with those words from her Mother for many years. As a matter of fact, those words would become her traveling clothes. As the story unfolded and her struggles were revealed; it was evident through her choices that her hand held tightly to her mental luggage. Luggage that had been given to her as a child and unfortunately during her troubled times, she didn't recognize she had the power to simply let go.
What is the mental luggage that we packed years ago and continue to carry with us? Are we making choices today that are based on what we placed in that luggage many moons ago? When will we realize that the luggage is heavy and weighs us down?
Let's do ourselves a favor this weekend and look at the luggage we carry that should have been unpacked years ago. Let's assess the choices we make and see if there is a string that ties us to something or someone that needs to be cut. I believe that what we will discover is that unnecessary luggage is heavy and can cause callous on the heart, the mind and most importantly, our souls.
Until the next time,