Living in the Past
Living in the past is a recipe for disaster.
If it is full of negatives, that same mindset
finds its way into the life you live in the present.
If it’s full of positives and you choose to live there,
it inhibits your ambition and your creativity now.
Living in the past tends to pull you like a magnet
into a world that played its part in all those lives,
a part meant to offer opportunities for rising above
the struggles designed to make you stronger.
Life is about change, and change requires overcoming.
Progress isn’t about retaliation, reprisal, or reparation.
It is about learning as individuals and nations
from our mistakes of the past so we don’t keep
creating the same circumstances in our present.
How? By not investing all our energies into the past.
As long as we live in the past, fighting for justice
for past wrongs, we don’t create balanced solutions,
solutions that will lead to peace and understanding.
Our intensity creates new imbalances with which to deal.
Focusing on the negative past will never solve anything.
Even for those whose pasts seem to be enviable,
living there denies them creativity needed to draw
from their past experiences and move forward.
Creativity increases as one learns from experiences.
Reliving past success does not lead to more success.
Progress can only be made if the gifts offered
by living are used to improve oneself and
all humankind for we’re all connected in spirit.
Emotions like anger and retribution only serve
to keep the world in continual states of imbalance.
Living in the past often leads to fear of the future
along with other negative attitudes and approaches,
which don’t bring solutions, only more problems.
The true gifts of the past are there if we open our hearts
and choose to use it to create a better future for all.
I will read forever because it lets me visit in my mind the worlds that I will never be able to see; it helps me put away the stresses of the day and relax into the rhythm of the story before me; it lets me bring to the surface and experience without regrets those feelings I hide away; it lets me re-experience the thrill of first love through someone else's eyes; it keeps my mind juiced so that it will never desert me; it is always there for me even when there's no one else. I will read forever no matter whether it is print or digital because the words will always call to me. ~ A Sassy Scribbler