You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and on Amazon.com, and as a Kindle e-book
The past has gone, it cannot be brought back.
All our successes in the past have gone.
The competition we won is now just a trophy in the cupboard gathering dust; the firm we started from scratch is now running itself without our help; the work we took such pride in has now been made obsolete by new technology.
All our failures are gone too.
That big decision we made that went wrong is now just a memory; the money we spent on a project that ended in failure has gone and been replaced; the relationship we didn’t value until it was lost made us different in new relationships.
Can we take nothing from the past – is it all gone?
I think that depends on our understanding; on how we treat that which is gone.
If we try to count yesterdays success as today’s victory, we will be disappointed, because that success has been done, and cannot be used again.
If we see yesterdays failures as defining us as failures, if we think that we can never succeed because of a failure in the past, we fail to realize that change is possible.
Because although the past is indeed gone, we can take with us into today some important learning’s.
We can – we should – look at both our successes and failures as opportunities for growth.
We can see what worked in the past, and rather than trying to replicate it – which would be to try to hold on to what has gone – we can learn about our strengths that helped us.
We can look at our past failures, and rather than dwell on what we did wrong, or how others wronged us, we can look at our shortcomings, and try to learn a better way for the future.
The past has gone, and cannot be re-lived. But the present can be lived in the knowledge of the past, and thus we can make a better future.