Like a broken record, sometimes we don’t realize we’re making the same mistakes. What does it take for us to finally wake up and listen to our inner voice. Prompting us to make the necessary changes? Is it a life threatening situation? A change in our marital status? Family? Friends? Do we have to hit rock bottom really hard to figure it out? What causes us to finally realize that a change in cycle is needed. I know I’m prone to review things in my past that I wasn’t proud of and have a difficult time letting the anger go. I ask myself too many questions. Can you imagine if I actually attended a therapy session? I would be the one asking all the questions. Pondering. Reflecting. Annoying.
In finality, I’ve come to realize that holding onto mistakes I’ve made in my past doesn’t help my future. It doesn’t. It stalls it.
It also irritates people around me.
I know because I’ll hear comments like, “You’re better than that now,” or “That was a long time ago,” or how about this one, “Wasn’t that when you were in high school?”
I know they mean well when those comments come out, but surely it is a reminder that I need to… Let. It. Go.
Looking for answers in the past is not often a good process, especially when we linger in the past. For me…I know I’m not moving forward and in no way does it help me in a positive manner. Instead, I am held hostage in an angry bubble.
It is okay to search for answers in the past, but may I advise you to do it carefully. Yes, learn from your past. Learn from it and then let it go. Make amends. You’ll feel so much better and the weight on your shoulders is lighter.
So my friends, this wonderful little quote is a gentle reminder to stop re-reading your past. Take a deep breath and begin writing the next new chapter. Easier said than done, but it’s a necessary step.
Make it a wonderful chapter because you only get one life.