Lessons from the Trail: Burdens and Loads
Burdens and loads - What’s the difference? Is there a difference? In the bonus video I share the story and experiences that inspired this share.

Some years back we decided to try backpacking. We had been tent camping for some years. Backpacking means all supplies for the duration of the trip are carried in the backpack. Ideally, the weight of the pack including all its contents would not exceed 20% of the body weight of the person carrying the backpack. If the weight of the pack exceeds that amount, the person may be able to carry it but the distance, the amount of time and the quality of their hike will be affected. The heavier the load the more difficult the hike. Energy is used up quicker. Joints and supporting muscles are fatigued quicker than if the weight of the pack was within recommended load limits.

Life is like that. Sometimes we take on more than is reasonable. Sometimes we take on more than what is really our load. We carry extra, we may take on extra debt, extend ourselves a bit too far in doing and other things that fit that word picture of voluntarily and intentionally adding to our load. We use up our energy more quickly and become physically, mentally and emotionally fatigued quicker than if we weren't carrying the extra weight. We do too much thinking we can handle it. We may be able to handle things for a time and find out over time it is too much.

Sometimes we believe something is a necessity that we can’t do without so we carry it only to realize it doesn’t serve us. That may happen with physical and material things. Some memories and self judgement is like that too. We walk away from an event in our life with a story, a lesson that doesn’t serve us yet we put it in our pack and carry it. We carry it every day of our life and it weighs us down.

Each one carries his own load. We decide what’s in our pack. What do we choose to carry? What extra load, self judgement, memories or limiting beliefs that no longer serve us are we continuing to carry? They are called implicit memories. The memories and “lesson learned“ that runs in our subconscious like a bad computer virus. We often don’t even realize it’s there sabotaging our life. Aroma Freedom helps me shed those things running under the surface and I’ve been blessed to see so many others benefit also.

In life as in backpacking I've carried more load than was needed or reasonable. I took on what wasn't mine to carry. We did that with backpacking as well and in the video I share the story of what happened. We had friends with us so when we finally gave out under our load we now had a burden. They stepped in to help and then stepped back out.

Burden is different than a load. I did some research on this and found it helpful to understand. A burden is something we didn’t expect, something extra that life throws us. Others can step in and help us stay standing, steady us until we can transition the burden to our load. Others step in and then they step back out. That's the important part. For their sake as well as ours they need to step back out. That was something I needed to learn myself - to step back out. Helping others with their burden is temporary until they can choose what to take out of their pack, how to adjust their load and make room for this new thing.

So each one carries his own load but we help one another with a burden. Such balance helps us lift one another up and keep moving forward through life together.

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