We can engage in life and thrive today if we stop inviting the past into our present. The past can provide an object lesson. Past experiences can fill us with self-belief and the confidence of overcoming a condition. They can also provide the impetus to move forward from the strength of previous accomplishments and hard-won achievements.
We can all learn from the lessons of history. History is one of the great teachers in life — that’s why its study is so rewarding. If knowledge carries with it an obligation to act, then we must learn, adapt, and adjust according to the lessons of the past. If we permit the skeletons of yesterday to control today, we will prejudice our present and foreclose the future. The choice is ours; we can make a decision every day to start anew in the thoughts we think and the actions that follow.
If we permit the skeletons of yesterday to control today, we will prejudice our present and foreclose the future.
No one I know wants to have dinner with the “skeletons of the past” pouring the wine and serving the food. We need to remind ourselves not to penalize all people for the transgressions of some. It’s a tough one, I know, but think about it… “Dinner for two” doesn’t need to be “dinner for twenty-two”… It’s emotionally expensive and intellectually draining!
— From the Always Forward! file