“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” ― Edmund Burke
There is a popular adage in our society “Forget the past, don’t worry about the future, live in the present”.
There is truth to this statement. Far too many of us live defined by the choices we made in the past. This shouldn’t be the case. After all, each new day presents opportunity to become a new person on a new road destined for a new future. But those who choose to simply forget the past miss out on its fullest potential. There are valuable lessons to be learned from it. And those who choose to ask the right questions about their past are most prepared to live life to the fullest in the present.
- Strengths that define us. And by recalling our strengths in the past, we can better recognize our opportunities in the present.
- Weaknesses that frustrate us. We all have weaknesses in personality and competence. When left unaddressed, these weaknesses limit our potential for impact are discovered, recognized and learned to overcome by the past.
- Habits that invigorate us. Look back. Recognize the habits that brought energy, health, and invigoration into your life. And embrace them again.
- Addictions that control us. Identify the recurring controlling substances (addictions) in your life from the past and humbly seek the help needed to remove their influence over you.
- Learning styles that suit us. We all learn differently. Some are visual learners, some are verbal, some learn best in a group setting, while others learn best alone. Your learning style is as unique to you as your fingerprint. The important thing is to recognize and understand what style suits you best. This life ought to be filled with constant learning… and the sooner we recognize how we learn best, the sooner we’ll begin to grow in it.
- Motivations that compel us. Deep in our heart, our motivation runs supreme. It determines the decisions we make, the use of our time, and the words we choose to use. Understanding our deepest motivations is a difficult task. It requires stillness, patience, and consistent self-evaluation. But the more we discover why we do the things we do, the easier it is for us to make the most of the present we are living in today.
“If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.”