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Baggage Handling

“The hardest thing I’ve done in my life is forgive. But hate is self-destructive. Forgiveness is healing.” ~ Louis Zamperini Ohhhhhhhhh the past. It’s out there isn’t it? It’s helpful and it’s haunting. It’s true and it’s false. It’s decades old and it’s yesterday. And the baggage stacks up. I know a woman who was abandoned by both of her parents. Michelle’s mom changed her identity and vanished. Her father remarried and told her she wasn’t welcome in his new home. Imagine how often Michelle asked herself, “What’s wrong with me? Why am I unloved?” Still, Michelle has found a way to forgive. We all know someone; maybe even you reading this now who struggles with a painful past. Some …

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Five Do-Overs

Life’s so short And it goes by fast We’ll never get it back ~ Daughtry The power of music never ceases to amaze me. On my morning commute, I carefully chose songs that took me back to a simpler time – the soundtrack of days gone by. Two minutes into the Police’s “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” as Sting’s magnificent voice filled the air, a series of I-wish-I-could-go-backs floated from the speakers like musical notes swirling and circling about before settling into a whimsical dashboard dance.¬†Instantly, five specific do-overs entered my mind. They’re not regrets because after all, part of the magic and the misery of growing up is rooted in the unknowing. Still, I wish more thoughtfulness had prevailed in …