The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.
At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”
Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.
Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.
I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”
I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders.
It was me.
I placed them there and I determined the weight of each of them.
I allowed them to weigh me down.
There are many burdens in life that you just can’t ignore. Some of these have to be placed directly on your shoulders. As a caring responsible individual you are glad to have them placed on your shoulders.
But you control the weight of the burdens.
You can make them so light that they do not hinder you or you can make them so heavy that they paralyze your life. That’s your choice.
Looking back at the burdens of that day they really weren’t as heavy as I made them.
I must remember that when the burdens are dropped on me I can make them light or make them heavy. I can make them light and deal with them because as with all things in life, this too shall pass.
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