I recently had a conversation with a mentor of mine, and I realized he had just dropped a truth bomb.
He said, “You know, Sandra, I treat my life like a backpack. Every day I wake up, I pick up my backpack, and I put it on my back and I go through my day. And as I'm going through my day, I pick up different things, and I put them in my backpack. And as I get to the end of the day, I take off my backpack, I empty it out, I go to bed. And the next day, I start fresh with a new empty backpack.”
What a profound way of going through life, because here's what happens. As he rightly said, every day is a new day, it's a blank slate, it's a fresh start. And yet, for many of us, we wake up, and we carry a backpack that has all of the worries of yesterday, all of the concerns, and all of the things that happened. Every day, our backpack gets heavier and heavier, and starts to weigh us down.
What if we were to wake up every morning -- wake up with gratitude, wake up with intention -- and then put our backpack on? Think of the bad things as rocks that will weigh down your backpack, and think of the good things as flowers that you can keep and make you happy.
At the end of the day, whether it was rocks that you put into your backpack, or whether it was flowers, it's an opportunity for you to let it go and just start fresh the next day.