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What’s Weighing You Down?

By Joey Havens

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Luggage scale airport terminal

If you were with us last week, you know that my wife CeCe has worked hard to pack her things in one suitcase and stay under 50 pounds when we fly. She has developed her skills to get everything in one bag and hit 49 pounds on the scale consistently.

Well, we are at the airport on a recent trip, and I’m placing her suitcase on the scale as the Delta agent starts over toward us.

Blinking every second is 51, 51, 51, 51, 51, 51. It’s not a steady read – the scale is blinking 51 at us constantly, almost like it is saying, “Hey agent… look at me. I’m OVER the weight limit.”

As the agent steps up to her computer, I gaze back down and see 50, 50, 50. CeCe smiles as we give our IDs to the agent. As she is printing out our luggage tags, the scale says 51, 51, 51; but as soon as she steps back up to put the tag on, 50, 50, 50. I really don’t know what to think. How can CeCe be this lucky?

The agent put the tag on CeCe’s bag, placed it on the conveyor belt and thanked us for flying.
I was so grateful that we did not have to negotiate with the agent over the weight. No opening suitcases, big orange stickers that say “HEAVY” slapped on the bag or additional charges. These seem like trivial things, but I am so grateful that we didn’t have to go through them.

It amazes me that when I focus on how grateful I am for big things in my life (like how lucky I am to have CeCe) or a little thing like a suitcase making the weight limit, I have more energy, confidence and ability to navigate life’s many ups and downs.

Every morning I write down three things that I am grateful for. This morning they were coffee, Oliver (our(my) Yorkie) and Davis (our 16-year-old grandson who is spending the week with us). When CeCe looks into his bedroom, I’m grateful he is at school.

We all have big and small things to be grateful for. When we stop to recognize them, we begin to see just how blessed we are. Taking time to be grateful enriches our lives with positive thoughts and helps us spread that positivity to others. #beEvenBetter