We all have our pasts. Some are ugly and some are beautiful. A wise man says “If you cause a quarrel between your past and your present, you stand the chance of losing the future” Sadly that is what many people are doing. But if you are working on yourself and changing for the better, it’s unnecessary to keep bringing up the past. People can change and grow. You know this is true.
Yesterday is a spent cheque, absolutely spent and useless. All the mistakes, all the errors, all the inactions and setbacks are gone, so don’t try to unearth them today. they are useless!
Give yourself a fair chance to change and grow by consciously loosening your grip on everything that’s behind you, so you can step forward again with grace. If you’re shaking your head, you aren’t alone. I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been there myself, and I know dozens of others in the same boat. At times, we all fall victims to our attachments. And sometimes we don’t even realize we’re blocking our own present blessings by holding on to the past. Do your best to realize this right now.
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere in the past. Remind yourself of a powerful lesson … a vital truth: You can have a heartbreaking story from the past, without letting it rule your present. In the present moment, we all have some kind of pain: anger, sadness, frustration, disappointment, regret, etc.
Notice this pain within yourself, watch it closely, and see that it’s caused by whatever story you have in your head about what happened in the past (either in the recent past or in the distant past). Your mind might insist that the pain you feel is caused by what happened (not by the story in your head about it), but what happened in the past is NOT happening right now. It’s over. It has passed. But the pain is still happening right now because of the story you’ve been subconsciously telling yourself about that past incident.
Note that “story” does not mean “fake story.” It also does not mean “true story.” The word “story” in the context of your self-evaluation doesn’t have to imply true or false, positive or negative, or any other kind of forceful judgment call. It’s simply a process that’s happening inside your head:
- You are remembering something that happened.
- You subconsciously perceive yourself as a victim of this incident.
- You are thinking of what should had been and never be and what should not had been but was.
- You think of that job you didn’t get or the death of a loved one.
- Your memory of what happened causes a strong emotion in you.
So just notice what story you have, without judging it, and without judging yourself. It’s natural to have a story; we all have stories. See yours for what it is. And see that it’s causing you pain. Then take a deep breath, and another…Inner peace begins the moment you take these deep breaths and choose not to allow the past to rule your present thoughts and emotions.
Though it’s sometimes much easier said than done. Letting go and responding better in the present takes conscious efforts and will. I assure you, it’s not too late. You aren’t behind. You’re exactly where you need to be. Seriously, you are at the forefront of the rest of your life! At the end of it, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets.
regrets always hold back from moving forward. don’t get stuck!