Travel, Food, and Slices of Life

Two Cents


Probably all this will be worth, but maybe someone will find a kernel of greater value.2cents

We gain baggage over the years. The first suitcase is packed in our childhood home and sometimes, by the time we leave to be on our own, it is pretty tattered. Woman-with-emotional-baggage

We have relationships that fail and new baggage is added. We build friendships that slip away, pets that die. Our pains increase and our baggage grows.

Some of the baggage is self-induced. We develop ideas, many of them quite grand, of what we want in life. Few of us know how to plan the pathway to achieve those goals and so, most of us have disappointments.  Whether it is to be “rich” or “beautiful” or “popular” or whatever, without a plan, success is unlikely.  There are many bitter, angry people who struggle through life, seeming to not be able to feel pleasure in their situation. More baggage.Emotional-Baggage1

And yet others, who are living with hardship, seem to have an uplifted spirit. They have difficulties but seem to deal with them. Less baggage.  So, how do some people rise above all that and seem to carry less burdens?

Think of the people you know who seem to have their act together. Start with an assumption that their private face may very well be a bit more stressed than their public face, but that is still a good start. Observe and if they are close friends, ask.

Perhaps they can give you some piece of advice, worth more than two cents.

What I wanted to suggest was that when you are choosing friends, whether it is BFF type or share a life type, consider the baggage they carry. Understand that there is value in all kinds of people in your life, that insight from a viewpoint considerably different from yours may provide a pearl of wisdom that you might not be able to find on your own. But, for the most part, you will do better in your life if your companions are not angry, bitter people who don’t take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.

Just my two cents.2 centsa


Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

5 thoughts on “Two Cents

  1. love your view on this! Thanks for sharing ❤

  2. Very nice observation. It took me awhile to figure this out. That I didn’t really need to be living in someone else’s soap opera.

    • The people I live with/have lived with have a wide range of capability to dealing with the seamy side of life, those things that cause pain and anger. The ones that are easier to live with are the ones who approach those issues as just one thing to work through, not something that ruins everything forever. LOL And a couple have done that. Adios.

  3. true we all have baggage’s and we will do well to recognize the fact that others are also entitled to their own baggages

    • Definitely. Just easier to get along with someone with matching luggage. *G* Seriously, I’ve lived with someone who refused to work on his issues and another someone who was willing when he realized it was negatively influencing our relationship. Much easier to be a helper than someone who is always wrong.

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