May 10, 2012

Leaving the Past Behind

A new day has dawned. The early morning light was so bright that it nudged me through closed eyelids, urging me to wake up and begin my day.

Some days beginning again is easier than other days.

Sometimes yesterday’s failures and disappointments follow us into our tomorrows. Our tendency is to look backward and wonder, what if?

But we can’t let regrets and painful memories keep us stuck in the past. Each and every day is a new beginning, and we can’t move forward if we allow ourselves to dwell in the past.

There is great freedom in being in control of our thoughts. We can choose where to focus our attention. We waste a tremendous amount of energy when we dwell on past events. What's done is done. We cannot change what has passed. 

Reliving hurts and disappointments leaves us doomed to wallow in the misery of the painful emotions we experienced. 

It’s time to break free! 

We have a choice, and that choice should be to leave the past where it belongs and focus our thoughts on where we are now and the direction we want to be going.

It does no good to berate ourselves for past mistakes. We need to make the choice to move forward, forcing our thoughts to stop mulling over the past and to look to the future.

We have only one chance to make our lives what we want them to be. If we waste time in the past, we are wasting our present. We need to live now, for this moment will never come again.

And don’t waste time by worrying about how much time you’ve spent worrying about past events. Our energies would be better spent focusing on what we want to improve in our lives. Then make a plan going forward to focus all your energy on what you can control.

Much of the time, our lives feel out of our control.  We have so many demands on our time that it can be overwhelming. The one thing we can have complete control over is our thoughts. It takes practice and focus to be in control, sometimes repeatedly pushing negative or unwanted thoughts away. Through controlling our thoughts we gain empowerment.

Feeling in control of our thoughts brings us confidence and assertiveness in our decision-making. We are able to move forward, keeping our focus where it needs to be, living in the moment and finding joy in the discovery of what each day has to offer.

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