Your Invisible Backpack

Your Invisible Backpack

By Arlene Harder, MA, MFT

“Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it’s a tragedy. A lot of people don’t have the courage to do it.”

—Helen Hayes

The metaphor of an invisible backpack can be a valuable tool for exploring how you will choose the path you want to take in life, or the one you have already chosen.. The subsections below will give you several ideas you may want to explore.

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In the days and weeks ahead, as you continue to explore your path in life, always keep in mind something Henry David Thoreau said many years
ago:

“Pursue some path, however narrow or crooked, in
which you can walk with love and reverence.”