How much time and energy do we spend so focused on the past that we’ve no idea where we’re headed in the life?
Dwelling on all our missteps and mistakes does nothing but keep us stuck in feelings of shame, embarrassment and failure.
So why do so many of us insist on staying in the past, rather than going forth confidently toward our future?
Is it possible that deep down we feel we “deserve” the emotional suffering? That by repeatedly reliving our worst moments we can somehow right the wrongs? Is it our penance for not being “strong enough” to get ourselves together?
The problem with always looking back is that you lose sight of what’s in front of you. You can’t imagine a new and different way if all you can see is only where you’ve been.
So, turn around, lovely.
Feel the sun on your face.
Take what lessons you needed to learn from the past, thank them, and give yourself the gift of compassion and move on.
Moving on doesn’t mean you’re absolving yourself of responsibility or accountability, or that you’re running away from your problems.
It’s the opposite.
You’re taking control of your own story.
You’re finally captaining your own ship.
The ripple effect of this simple, loving gesture might just blow your mind.