What’s in Your Trunk?


What do you carry around in a day that should be left elsewhere? Sometimes I think I drag around a lot of unnecessary baggage that would be better stored in a trunk somewhere.  I took my car in today and got it fixed by my mechanic. I have a great garage and one of the things about moving offices this summer will be not having the opportunity to use their services. 

When I dropped off my car, the mechanic was very sympathetic. When I picked it up, he asked if I had paid for the work that had been done by the other garage. I said yes, believing that it needed to be done. He did not agree. He said it seemed unlikely that both sides needed to be done.  The owner then came in and asked the same question. They both thought I should not have to pay for their mistake. I love my garage because they are honest and filled with integrity. 

After I picked up my car, I had to consider what to do now with that information. I had to pull off my shame of being perhaps taken advantage of and not feeling smart enough to have seen it. That does not get to go back into my trunk. I had to consider my desire to be nice and wonder if I could be kind but still stand up for my rights. That got parked in my trunk for now. Wrestling with baggage is not always easy. Sometimes it is just better to pack it away and trust in the moment. 

What’s in your trunk?  What needs to be parked there? What needs to be tossed out?



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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