What’s Behind Us Is Ahead

9 Nov


The present is that place where the past and future meet. To disregard one is to exist presently fractured from who we are.

The person we are right now is directly related to the experiences we’ve had and how they have affected us. However good or bad, our past is our past and we must own it. We cannot erase it and pretending it never happened will get us nowhere. We must be willing to embrace it as part of the journey, learn from it, and take it forward with us into the future.

The future of who we will be is mostly unknown to us and what little we do know of it is relational to our past. This is how we decide what choices we make and path we take into our future. We are motivated by the experiences we’ve already had and the things we’ve already learned.

The past is not always as pretty as we would like. Too many times we regret our past so much that we refuse to acknowledge it ever happens. And God forbid someone brings it up. We cry for acceptance of the things we’ve done and resent anyone who holds us responsible. The truth is we are the only ones who need to accept our past. Whether anyone else does or not is mostly irrelevant. Our past was for our learning and everyone might not like, forgive, or forget what it took for us to learn the lesson. That’s okay. That’s not their obligation; it’s ours. Our focus must be on how we feel about our past. If we don’t like that person we see when we look back; we should change it in the present and it will forever alter our future.

No one should be a slave to who they used to be. But in order to evolve into who we wish to be, we have to accept who we were. Evolution and growth are messy, sordid processes full of mistakes and mishaps. Once we’ve evolved we may look back in shame at that person that we used to be, but just remember that the only antidote for a shameful past is a changed present and a better future is the reward.

Violet Ambitions exist in all time.


3 Responses to “What’s Behind Us Is Ahead”

  1. Carolyn Hughes November 15, 2012 at 6:39 AM #

    I love this statement “the only antidote for a shameful past is a changed present and a better future is the reward.” We need to live for today with hope for the future because there is nothing we can do to change what has happened.

    • DesiBjorn November 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM #

      Carolyn you are absolutely right. I find that so many people want to forget their past or do not want to acknowledge but their is power in acknowledging our past and that is the convictions that it gives us for being better people today. It makes us appreciate the present more, I think. Thanks for reading and responding.


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