[HUFFINGTON POST] Pack Light, Love Heavy

“Pack Light, Love Heavy”... I just returned from speaking to the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff and that was the title of my speech. It’s a line from Aaron Watson’s song Blue Bonnets In The Spring. (The song is tribute to his daughter Julia. Sadly she passed away just four hours after her birth.) What I love about this song is that Watson originally didn’t want to release it because it’s personal and vulnerable. He decided that if it touched just one person who went through a similar struggle move forward it would be worth it. Then he didn’t want to perform the song live for fear he couldn’t get through the first verse without breaking down. For the same reason above, he does though. I’ve come to the realization that the world needs more personal and vulnerable. From me, from all of us.

I was asked to speak on ownership to the Pirates coaching staff, it’s their team’s theme for the year. My theme for 2017 is Pack Light, Love Heavy. I love my readers and need to show it to you more. I actually need to be that way more with everyone in my life. So my promise to you is that you’re going to see the personal and vulnerable me in my column in 2017.

Pack Light

A year ago, we moved. We sold our house and bought a new one. My wife had to handle closing on our new home alone because I was headed down to speak to the Pirates. She said the best way I could help was to simply pack my stuff up and recommended I pack two weeks, worth of clothes. Not for my 2 days in Florida but because our stuff wouldn’t be completely unpacked by the time I got back.

When I returned, two weeks turned into two months and I still hadn’t unpacked my “stuff”. At that point, I decided that if I hadn’t used it in 2 months I really didn’t need to own it. So I gave thirteen 33 gallon garbage bags full of clothing to the goodwill, that’s 429 gallons of stuff that I obviously didn’t need and was just weighing me down. I gave also donated 12 bankers boxes full of books, dvds and cds. To complete the purge, I scanned almost all my business files, uploaded them to the cloud and shredded the paper, clearing out some filing cabinets.

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