We cling to the past for a number of reasons, perhaps one of which is we feel that the past is safer, more secure. We certainly know what did and did not happen in the past—we lived to tell about it. As painful and as devastating as it may have been, we’re somehow okay with it in an odd sort of way.
We can’t say that about the future, the unknown. We have no idea what’s “out there”. Whether there truly are Dragons at the end of the world and if the monsters under our childhood beds are still alive, well, and waiting to pounce on us somewhere in the future.
As unbelievable as it sounds, we’re safer and more secure in the present, moving toward the future. That’s where our intelligence, creativity, free will, and power of choice have the ability to help us.
The past is over and done with. No amount of thought, effort, prayer, begging, worry, anger, or anything else we might do will change the past.
It’s in the present and in the future that we have the opportunity and the ability to do things another way–to change, to make different choices and decisions. Moving forward and resolving to live better is the only way to make amends, to right the past. Because then we’re using the past in the way it was meant to be used–as a tool to help us move forward, to grow and develop, to improve ourselves and live a better, finer life.
Your homework today is to take the next step in loosening your grip on the past–even just a fraction–with the intent that soon you’ll let it go completely.
You can do it, I know you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,