The Gucci Bag Lady

As I watched the GUCCI BAG LADY dig in her bag to get her keys, I noticed that it took her every bit of five minutes just to find them. Thank God, she wasn’t being chased, because she would have gotten caught. I thought wow, she must have a lot of junk in her bag. I mean she must have to dig through her eyeglass case, wallet, make-up compact, receipts, mail envelopes, church bulletins, tissues, flyers, invitations and several other unnecessary items just to finally get to the one thing that she needed, her keys.

As I watched her put her keys in the door I couldn’t help, but to wonder is her pocketbook subliminal to her life? Does she carry around a bunch of unwanted, unnecessary stuff that makes it difficult for her to get to the things that she really needs? Does she arrive late to places, because she has so much excessive baggage slowing her down? I even started to wonder if everything in her bag actually belonged to her? She probably doesn’t even notice that the weight on her shoulders would be so much lighter if she would just stop carrying around other people’s baggage.

After that day I was never able to look at the GUCCI BAG LADY the same, because even though from the outside she looked sophisticated, luxurious and well put together, in the inside she was unorganized, cluttered and weighed down and no matter what tag or label you put on it, whether FENDI, BURBERRY, MARC JACOB, LOUIS VUITTON, CHANEL etc there’s nothing pretty or attractive about baggage, so after that day I went home and cleaned out my pocketbooks, because I didn’t want to be the GUCCI BAG LADY anymore.

By:  Phaedra Anderson






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  • Tee Derry
    August 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Love it!! Keep doing what you’re doing Phaedra…You’ve got “IT”!!

    • Phaedra
      August 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Ms. Tee! I am so glad that you enjoyed the article and I thank you much for support.

      • Wilson Alexander
        August 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        Great way to look at life and know the realness in what we do daily does effect how our lives are. I call you Gods Scribe, for your writing is on a higher scale than most and always directed for the reader to gain insight and food for thought.

        • u999pa5
          August 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

          Mr. Alexander, I thank you so much for your feedback. The magazine’s goal is to educate, empower & inspire and at times that calls for self-reflection. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed reading the article and please continue to support the great work that’s being done at Bronze.

  • Jamie M Lloyd
    August 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I love the article because if women/men knew how much baggage we carry around on a daily basis which is cause of our unhappiness. Baggage is the number one thing that keep us looking backwards instead of moving forward……. I am a victim of searching through my handbag as well. Now I got to go home and clean house, mentally, physically and emotionally…… I hate clutter, but love a big handbag……. Somewhere there is a disconnect and I have to find the source. I assume we all are a work in progress so today is the beginning/end of me searching through my handbag. I am going to clean out, keep what I need and DISCARD the rest……

    • Phaedra
      August 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Jamie, I am glad that you enjoyed the article and pleased that you were able to get something from it. Best wishes with your cleaning and enjoy your new space for new things.

  • Nyesha Eggleston
    August 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Great article I ready enjoyed it

    • Phaedra Anderson
      August 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Nyesha,
      I really appreciate you reading the article and I am beyond pleased that you enjoyed it. I do hope that you enjoyed your time at BRONZE and we hope that you visit us on a regular basis.

  • dreana wilkerson
    September 11, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Love ur article, sis! Oh, how so true. Like many other women I can also relate to the GUCCI BAG LADY. We as women have a hard time of getting rid of the baggage. Clutter can represent, insecurites, low self esteem, hurt, pain, mistrust, loneliness, low self worth, bitterness, unforgivness etc. God has revealed to me the more baggage we hold onto the heavier we get, until our lives becomes weighed down. Some of us choose to carry the weight of others because it allows us to camouflage who we really are. The real you, that don’t mind mingling in trash. Some of us do it because of hopelessness and we do not want people to see how messed up we really are; like hidding behind a mask at a masquerade ball. Some have gotten so use to being hidden that they have lost their own identity, Who are we? What have we done to the real us? We as Christian woman have allowed ourselves to carry on baggage that was not intended for us and its time to let go. I no longer want to hide behind the hurt or the pain or carry what’s not mine. Christ said He will not put more on us than we can bare. HE is the ultimate burden bearer. Let’s not choose to live this life of chaos. It’s time to ask God to remove the baggage and make us presentable. Where are your keys?

    Love you my sister; continue to allow God to use you with the words of encouragement.


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