We carry a lot of burdens. Some of them are burdens that people place on us that we don’t need to carry. This poem and the following discussion explores that idea.
I looked at my burden,
Not knowing where
I picked it up.
And then I saw
It wasn’t mine.
I finally put it
And walked away.
A Reflection On This Poem
In the past decade or so, I have realized that throughout my life I carried around a lot burdens that weren’t really mine to carry. They were burdens that someone else had placed on me and told me I HAD to carry.
They were burdens like perfectionism or the shame of feeling like I was too sensitive and that I thought too much. Or they were burdens like the shame that somehow I wasn’t good enough or “whatever else” enough.
Laying Down My Burdens
When I realized that these were burdens that other people had placed on me and that I didn’t have to carry around anymore, it dramatically changed my life for the better.
That was really the day I learned to love myself unconditionally, and it is one of the primary motivations that caused me to start this blog.
So I want to ask you today:
One: What burdens are you carrying around that are not your burdens to carry?
Two: How have other people told you or made you feel like you are not good enough or worthy enough or that there is something deeply wrong with you?
I also want to give you permission.
This pain is not yours to carry, and you have permission to cast it off and respect and love yourself unconditionally right now.
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