Past, present, future. The three divisions of time. Often, we have heard the sayings,” Time is money” or “Time and tide wait for none”. Even after hearing all these quotes, have we ever even THOUGHT, about time passing? About the fact that we cannot make up for lost time? Time is the most precious thing a man can ever spend. Once a mistake is made, we cannot reverse time to our benefits. Before making a decision, we have to think about the outcome. We have to learn about our past mistakes and find solutions to them in the coming future. Thus past, can often teach us a lesson for the present and future. Those who choose to simply forget the past miss out on its full potential. There are valuable lessons to be learned from it. Those who choose to ask the right questions about their past are most prepared to live life to the fullest in the present. There are many lessons we can learn from our past. The talents and abilities we use to navigate and provide value to this world define the lives we live and the changes we can bring about. And by recalling our strengths in the past, we can better recognize our opportunities in the present.  We all have weaknesses in personality and competence. When left unaddressed, these weaknesses limit our potential for impact and significance. Discover them, recognize them, and learn to overcome them by seeking the help of others. Over the course of our lives, we employ a variety of disciplines to make the most of our potential. We discover a new diet, a new fitness practice, or a new morning routine. We experiment with them-some work, some don’t. Eventually, these new disciplines either become habits or mere shards of memory. We should look back, recognize the habits that brought energy, health and invigoration into our lives, and embrace them again. We can begin anew. However, only those who can identify and admit their mistakes in the past have opportunity to learn from them. Let me further enlighten you with a couple of examples. Protection and preservation of nature is one. We should look after the nature we have now, nurture it and let it grow and spread throughout our world, bringing happiness to one and all. If we do not take any care, it is as good as bidding adieu to nature. The future generation will not have any trees, flowers or animals to witness and enjoy. Same goes with water. If we enjoy now, and waste it, then our future generation will be lifeless. Thus, now we know what we can learn from our past, which will change the future. It teaches us many lessons which we should remember, and if we use them in the future, then they will change the course of our lives for good.

  -Soham Sathaye IX A