How Heavy Is Your Invisible Backpack

What Is In Your Invisible Backpack?

By Arlene Harder, MA, MFT

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children,
but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Your parents did the best they knew how to prepare you for the future. Hopefully, they
did just fine and you are able to easily navigate the path on which you find yourself.

Of course, your parents may have done a lousy job of it. If that is the case, it is possible that in overcoming their deficits as parents you developed some strength you would not have needed if your parents were better at the job they were given when they had you.

However, the chances are that like most parents, yours were better at some parts of child rearing and not go good at others. So, if you want to explore your life, you will be pleased to see that you have some skills that have done you well. Other areas may need a little support.

Therefore, as you dig deeper into your invisible backpack, you will find a whole lot of things you didn’t realize were there and others that have been bothering you for years. I offer the following articles and questions as a starting point in your examination of what advice you want to keep and what you want to discard.

There is also a whole section on The Finest Qualities of Being Human that will give you insight into specific qualities that you may want to express more often in your life.

Genes and Inborn Temperment
Genes and inborn temperament
curiosity 400
Experiences outside the home
joy 400
Interests and talents that lead to professions and hobbies
love
A sense of humor and the ability to see outside the box
forgiveness
Friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, bosses, spouses, children, and others in our lives
contentment
Education and development of the ability to think critically
Genes and Inborn Temperment
Service in the military and in professions that help others
curiosity 400
Travel that expands appreciation for the world’s beauty and our need to protect the planet
joy 400
Relationships with people of other races and cultures
love
Religion and spiritual experiences
forgiveness
Attachment to money, possessions and power
contentment
Managing emotions
forgiveness
Lessons from tragedy and crises
contentment
Response to the dreams you have for yourself, your plans, successes, and failures