"Let the Past stay in the Past."
Did you ever hear that phrase?
That's an awesome thought - but really - unless you get amnesia, it just won't happen.
Our past informs everything about us - consciously and subconsciously.
It's only when we drag it out into the light of day - look at it - consider it - value it - and use it - that we take its power away.
Make Friends With the Past
Did you ever hear about the reputation of someone and create an impression of what they must be like - and then when you met them found out you were totally wrong?
That happened to me. I kept hearing about this guy in our competing junior high. He was the top violinist at his school. I was the top violinist at my school. (Yes, I'm THAT girl!) As sophomores, the two junior high schools met up in our area high school - Palo Duro.
We eyed each other that first day in orchestra wondering who would reign supreme. Well, it wasn't either of us! We found ourselves mid-level behind the top junior and senior leaders. Go figure. Our joint deflation made us more open to friendship. Steve became one of my very best friends throughout high school and after.
Our past has a habit of looking MORE - more dark, more vibrant, more painful, more joyful - the further we get away from it. Revisiting it again can help us look at it more clearly. Then, we get to choose how to interpret the information for today.
It's Your Choice
YOU get to decide what to do with your past.
It can cripple you. Or, it can propel you forward.
Two people from the same circumstances end up with entirely different life paths. One will end up in prison - the other running a Fortune 100 Company.
It's old. It's cliche'. It's true. Your past will either make you bitter - or - better.
Long before I read her book, I knew that if I didn't do something to change how I thought about the life I had lived, I would live in guilt, regret, and bitterness. None of those seemed too exciting to me. I decided long ago that I couldn't blame others for what or who I was - or myself for what I couldn't change. I decided to change my future, by changing how I think about the past.
You have the same choice.
What will you choose?
As long as we are HELD by the Past, we are its prisoner. When WE hold the Past and dictate terms to it - we become free.
Your Mind Matters
When you create a different way of looking at your past, you open new pathways for creativity. Those pathways open new possibilities for your future. As my favorite pastor, Joseph Prince, says, "When you think right, you do right."
Once YOU decide how to interpret the past, then you control the story. When you control the story, you control (or have some control) as to how the story ends.
Our life is the story we tell ourselves. As Henry Ford is quoted, "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."
Repeated thoughts build up highways in our brain. We set up road development crews all the time and never even realize it. Maybe it's time for you to shut down that old, beaten up, rutted road and create a new superhighway. Just like the highways here in Fort Worth, it may take awhile, but wow is it nice when the express lane opens!
Isn't it time for you to tell the past what to do?
Live At Your Best! Live Inspired!