(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)



Just the word, used as a complete sentence, can evoke an emotional response because it has come to be used in the context of something unpleasant. “She/he has so much emotional baggage,” is not a generally positive observation to make of someone. Or, to have made of you.

Luggage is a more neutral term. Luggage is used to carry useful stuff. You use luggage to take the things you believe you will want and need on a trip. “Packing light” is a positive process; taking only what is useful.

The distinction between luggage and baggage, then, is in the contents. Luggage assists you. Baggage weighs you down.


Coaching Point: Who packs your (emotional) bags? You, living in the present, or your past?


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