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In The Past

Yesterday is in the past, it's done and over.  Good or bad, it cannot be undone or redone.  It's time is no more, and yet we sometimes find it hard to put it in it's proper place and focus on living in the present. 
 
If the past was bad, it can haunt us, and overshadow our ability see what is good in the present or hope for future good.  If the past was good, but that good came to an end, we can find it difficult to have faith that there will be good again, and sometimes we subconsciously do things to sabotage the potential for good occurring, or we block life's initiatives from our awareness.
 
I don't think we can or should forget the past, those experiences are what formed us into the person we are today, and hopefully we've come away from them a bit wiser in either case.  But we need to be able to detach ourselves from an obsession with the people or events of the past, to not let it become baggage that we drag along with us, weighing us down so that are spirits are never able to fly free. 
 
I keep my past neatly packed in boxes in the attic storage space of heart and mind, and every now and then I will take a box out to sort through it with older, wiser eyes, and then I store it away again.  Also, every now and then one will fall open of it's own accord, and shake the contents about to rattle and upset me, but with a bit of soul-searching I am able to wrangle it back in the box and get the lid secured again.  I remind myself that no matter what demons may lurk in my past, I did the best I could with my life at that time, the best I knew how to do and had the strength to do.  I forgive myself for what I didn't do well enough, and I forgive others for what they didn't do well enough either.
 
Today, I will live for today, and no matter happened yesterday or what today brings, I will always, always retain hope for tomorrow.  I know that God is good and new joys and miracles await us.  
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I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
 where the creative writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
 
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
- Charles F. Kettering

 

5 comments:

  1. I think the hardest part of dealing with the past is forgiving oneself for the mistakes. Easier to forgive others their part. There was a time I didn't look forward to tomorrow, but I learned hope and promise are found in tomorrow
    As always a wonderful post, Josie, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Love the idea of the "attic of the mind."

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  3. I don't really use storage boxes for the past. Usually I just throw those experiences about and it gets pretty damn cluttered in the attic.

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  4. Good reminiscing on the quote for today.

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  5. yep what's done is done...time to move on and have a better day!

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