The Long Bag We Drag Behind Us

Behind us we have an invisible bag, and the part of us our parents don’t like, we, to keep our parent’s love, put in the bag… Then we do a lot of bag stuffing in high school… We spend our life until we’re twenty deciding what parts of ourselves to put into the bag, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again… ~ Robert Bly

I read this quote from Robert Bly’s book, “The Long Bag We Drag Behind Us” in “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective” by Willem Kuipers. Kuipers’ book is incredible and I highly recommend reading it, especially if you are an extra intelligent or extra intense person who usually sees all the negatives of that and none of the positives, but maybe I will tell you about that book another day. Today I just wanted to share this quote and encourage you all not to get overwhelmed at all the things in the bag. Pick one thing. Work on it.

“Have you hears of tiny Melinda Mae? Who ate a monstrous whale… And in eighty-nine year she ate that whale because she said she would.” -Shel Silverstein

I would quote you more of this favorite childhood poem, but I don’t know all the ins and outs of copyright law, so I will leave the copyright infringement to others. But look it up, it’s easy to find the whole poem online.

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