Until time-travel becomes the norm, our past cannot be erased or altered. What has happened has happened, and there is no going back. But we can still change the way we perceive our past and the events that happened by changing the lens through which we see it.
We can give a positive spin to the obstacles and adversities that we faced and be grateful for their role in shaping our character and forging our fortitude and for the person that we have become today.
The only way forward is to take in and curate all the lessons that we have learned so far and use them when challenges in our present and future emerge.
Jim Rohn taught us to use our past (i.e. our past faults, failures, losses) as a school, not a club (to beat us down). He said: “Let the past be a school, let the past be a teacher, not to threaten you, but to teach you.”
Feelings of guilt, anger, and despair if perpetuated will tarnish our present moments. Only by viewing the past events in the right light and letting them go will help us dial in with the right emotions that will take us ahead with steadiness and courage.
In order to take control of our present and our future, we need to make peace with our past, let it go and move on.
We can’t drive our car looking at the rear view mirror. We’ll accidentally smash into an object in front of us that we didn’t even see.
Author and speaker Darren Hardy says, “There is nothing more damaging to your future potential than spending your present dwelling in the past.”
You are not your past, you are your present, and your present actions will determine your future.
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