On a SF team, we had to carry a lot of stuff in our rucksacks. We carried our own individual gear – enough clothing to keep us alive, a sleeping bag if it was cold enough, food, ammunition, medical kit. On top of that we had to carry team gear too. There were radios to divvy up, ammo for the machine gun, maybe explosives, GPS’, maybe a laser designator, and so on .
You get the idea. It was a ton of stuff. I often carried over 80 pounds and on occasion had rucksacks of over 100 pounds. To get up carrying such weight, you had to prop it up against a tree, sit down and put the straps on and then pull yourself up by the tree.
Often times when a new guy got on the team (especially an officer), they might get a rock in their rucksack. It was sort of an initiation that we would do on the team. It would also teach people to check their rucksacks and make sure they had what they needed and didn’t have what they didn’t need.
Too many people go through lives with rocks in their rucksacks. Now you might not be carrying a 100 pound rucksack around. I am talking about your head. We often carry too much in their. Your parents, spouse and even more likely you have put that rock in there.
The people at work, your family at home, or your longtime friends seem to be constantly pecking away at your decisions and testing your resolve. The criticism they give you ends up as rocks in your rucksack.
- “You’re wasting your time,” the critics will start, “Nothing ever works for you.”
- “Are you on another diet? How long will this one last?” they sneer.
- “You, save money? Ha, that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard,” they might even mock.
And these are just a few of the polite common criticisms you could hear. You can probably imagine more heavier rocks that come from people close to you.
It is your choice to carry these rocks around. What you need to do is do an inventory and get rid of anything that isn’t going to help you accomplish whatever you have set out to do. Don’t fret or fuss over them, just chuck it out and Get Er Done.