Yesterday and tomorrow

The past should be a stepping-stone to building a better future. But by bringing memories into the present, and dealing with those, we all ourselves to move on from our past.

I use my own past as a reference point on how I can do things better, so I create a better world for me and my family, so that I am content.

Without a reference point, we may fail to learn how to change our future. A past that has all the right undertones attached to it, won’t always entice personal growth in the way a troubled past does.

Although we cannot escape our past, it still represents a life lived. It is important to learn how not to let history repeat itself into a new generation.

22 Sep, 2015

6 thoughts on “Yesterday and tomorrow

  1. ‘Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it!’ I have spent most of my life trying to forget the past, but in doing so I have also missed a great part of the life that was happening all around me.

    I’m sure that a lot of people have done it too, which is how they end up being those bitter old people in the nursing home that take it out on everyone around them. I really don’t want to be that person who ends up without any visitors and ends up dying alone! People already don’t really keep in touch but that has mostly been by choice since I don’t like dealing with a lot of people.

    ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, which is why they call today a present!’ The only thing we really have is today which is is what they mean when they say, ‘one day at a time!’ It would be fantastic if I could change time, like Doctor Who, but that isn’t going to happen, so I have to let go of that idea.

    I guess I just get so frustrated when I see people who have so much, with family and friends, who act like their lives are so miserable. They take their lives for granted when I would be so very happy with even 10% of what they have!

    People always seem to want what they can’t have. I’ll just have to make the best of what I have today.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, it’s a difficult one, but what springs to mind is none of us will ever know what other people have to deal with. We can have everything in our lives and still be miserable, as you point out here.

      None of us can forget the past without dealing with it first. That’s the hard part for many of us, but it’s the only way I know for us to move on to the present and live in the present momentarily without bringing the past back into the equation.

      I think if anyone tells us they have the perfect life, I’m not sure how honest their answer would be. I believe some of us will have it better than others, but understanding life in the way I do, I’m not sure how doable that is completely. We all have skeletons in the closet. I’m not sure anyone gets away with not having anything to deal with.

      Even with the perfect childhood, perfect parents, perfect life, we can still feel insecure. There’s a world out there that we’re all a part of. I call it ‘life’. Life is something we may all struggle with from time to time. It’s really not easy, but a positive upbringing does help.

      Finally, whatever our past is we must deal with it first, before we can say we have fully moved on.

  2. We cannot demystify the past, but we have the perfect opportunity to listen to it and perhaps augment tomorrow for the betterment of our lives and humanity.

    Yet, I am of the opinion that our destiny is to be where we are and who we are for a Divine reason. And our precious past is telling us something, but I just can’t put my finger on it.

    1. Thanks Tim. I agree and also believe we have the opportunity for both. There are some things that we’re fated to have and there are some things we can always work to change. We can work to change things on our past so that history doesn’t have to repeat itself, but there will be things out of our control that we cannot change.

      We cannot change our childhood, our parents are responsible, but we can change certain aspects of our experiences so that our children don’t have the same fate. Always look at the bigger picture of why. The answers are usually in there.

      Our past teaches us everything we need to know, so that we can build our future.

  3. As you say, the lessons of our past allow us to build the future. But without learning from those lessons we will fail to grow.

    I believe we are here for good reason and all the experiences we have to endure are for good reason too, so we may learn and grow spiritually. It is incumbent on us to do just that.

    1. Thanks yes I think it is, but not many of us do or will do that. Without any form of learning, particularly on our past we will always come to struggle.

      Our experiences from the past, teach us how to do things better and how we can go on to make changes.

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