Monday, October 19, 2015
Are You Feeling Sad, Anxious, at Peace?
“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly,
but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.”
–Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), from
“You Can’t Go Home Again”
I love the lighthearted wisdom of the quotation above.
I’m a big fan of not looking at the past, unless we’re recalling good memories. Looking back at our past mistakes is definitely unproductive. We can’t change one bit of our past. The past is done, finished. Hopefully, we will profit from our past mistakes, so that we won’t repeat them.
I shared this recently on Facebook, so if you're one of my Facebook friends, please don't be bored. Here's what I shared:
We don’t have to let our past define us—what we did or didn’t do. That’s all behind us. Some people allow regret over the past to control them. The advice in the Thomas Wolfe quotation at the beginning of this post is worthy to remember: “Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going.”
We’re more than likely the only ones who will remember those mistakes that petrified us when we made them.
If you’ve read much of what I write, you know I changed schools seven times from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. One fall, when just beginning the school year in a large new school, I lost my way and entered the boys’ locker room—with boys in there! If I could find those boys and do a survey, I might find that I’m probably the only one who remembers that incident. (At least, I try to convince myself of that.)
As the saying goes, “Don’t fret the small stuff”—and it’s all small stuff if we will leave it in the past. Dumping our load of past mistakes behind us allows us to become less weighted down to step into our todays and our future.
We are the product of our past; we don’t have to become a prisoner of it. Each day is a gift from God--that's why we call it the present.
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