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The Burdens That We Carry

Just some musing after a conversation I had with a friend.

Several years ago, at one of the last Magic Carpet Cons in Chatanooga, I was having a conversation with Dr. Jane Robinson. It was Sunday morning, and I had already checked out of my hotel room and packed everything into the car with the exception of my laptop computer, which I didn’t trust to leave unattended for several hours, so I had it in a carry case slung over my shoulder.

As is usual on a Sunday at a con, I was slightly sleep deprived and a little stiff. At one point, I flexed my back to try and work out a particular knot of soreness between my shoulders.

“What’s wrong?” Dr. Jane asked. “Oh, just a little stiff. And this thing is heavy,” I replied, nodding toward the laptop case.

She nodded sensibly. “Then put it down.”

This had not actually occured to me. I set the case down in front of me, where I could keep an eye on it. “There,” she smiled broadly. “Now don’t you feel better?”

All of us, every day, have burdens that we are carrying. And there are times that we feel weary from them, or overwhelmed by them. Sometimes we wish we could just rest.

Put them down.

You can’t just abandon them, no. But put them down. Set them on the ground. Sit on top of them. Catch your breath, feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Stretch, relax, and breathe.

They will be waiting for you when it is time to pick them up again and continue down the road. And your steps will be lighter from the respite.






  1. This is one of the reasons that Concertino and the days after are so necessary.

    You are wise, my friend.

  2. Very wise words indeed. It’s such a hard thing for so many of us to put down those burdens though, isn’t it? Still, what you said is something that we should all be reminded off. I know it made me nod and smile and kinda go ‘yeah, I could do that, couldn’t I?’

    Thanks. 🙂

  3. Wise words. Thank you.

  4. True!
    Very true.
    well, and sometimes it helps to fetch someone to help carry them.
    made this experience yesterday…

  5. Excellent reminder on a day when I need to lighten the load! Thanks!

  6. So incredibly timely. Specially with how badly work has been sucking these days.

    Thank you for the reminder to put things down…

  7. Very true and very well put -- but can I ask what prompted that just now? *hug*

  8. Thank you for posting this, sweetie. I appreciate both the words and the sentiment behind them.


  9. Thank you, Rob…

    …for reminding me that we can choose — for little bits of time, but still — to drop our burdens and recharge ourselves.

    I am printing this out for both Dee and me to carry with us.

  10. My word, you’re right. Thank you!

  11. thank you for those wise words.

  12. *warm smile* Thank you for sharing this. A good reminder.

  13. I wish I could. My brain just doesn’t let go of things that way.

  14. That’s some seriously fine advice, my friend 🙂 Thank you, -H…

  15. This one’s a keeper too. You should collect these and put together a book. (Now, will LJ let you do that? Or are all our posts the property of LiveJournal?)

    I have a few sites which give me positive stuff. Shall I send you the URLs?

  16. Nice, luv. 🙂 *hugs*

  17. Thanks. I needed that; not desperately, but at an appropriate time.

    And nice choice of music to go with it.

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