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March 15


I have very strong feelings
about how you lead your
life.  You always look ahead,
and never look back.

Ann Richards

  

Today's Meditation:

I honestly don't know where it comes from, but I seem to have a natural predisposition to look ahead, and not behind.  I almost never think about the past--I focus on what I need to do today and what I will be needing to do tomorrow.  What happened yesterday really doesn't matter to me, except in the sense of learning from it.  If I did something that worked, I want to remember it so that I can do it again.  Likewise, if I did something that didn't work or something really stupid (which I do more often than I like to admit), I try to remember it so that I don't repeat it.

I do know people who tend to spend their time looking back, and I  notice that most of them aren't living up to their potential in anything.  When we spend much of our time focused on the past, we have much less time to focus on the things that are in front of us right here, right now.  What we accomplish in life depends upon how much time, effort, energy and focus we're able to contribute to what we do--if those things are spent on the past, over which we have absolutely no control, then they're squandered and not applied to our current and/or future needs.

There's a lot of value in our pasts.  It's great to look at old photos and reminisce.  It's helpful to think of past lessons when we're trying to determine a present course of action.  But when we do more than that, when we spend too much time focused on that which can't be changed or affected by our thoughts or actions, then we're losing our ability to affect our present situations in positive, loving, creative, and productive ways.  Life is to be lived now, and when our minds are caught up in the past, their power can't be used to affect today.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of situations can keep us caught up in the past?

Just how much can we give to today if our minds are on yesterday?

How  might we be able to let go of things in the past and move our focus to things in the present?

For further thought:



Each new moment presents an opportunity for conscious choice.
We can choose to let go of the past.  We can choose to be here now.
We can choose to accept responsibility for ourselves. . . .
We can choose to awaken.  Or we can choose to remain asleep
and unconscious.

Leonard Jacobson

   

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