According to George Santayana~ “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” I am not so sure that I agree with Mr.Santayana, I think that it is really important for us to purge our past so that we can move on. Here comes the changing our way of thinking part.….I believe that some of the past plays a huge roll in stopping us from realizing our goals and dreams. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Santayana, but I want to disagree with him on this, at least in part….meaning that there are probably some great memories from our past that we are happy to keep in our head/heart that do us no harm, as a matter of fact they can warm a soul on a cold winter night, but then there are some past memories that surface in the form of unforgiveness and grudges…… represented by huge walls and baggage that keep us buried down inside our past so deep, that we cannot get out from under it long enough to enjoy the now let alone the future.
And speaking of the now…..isn’t the now what is really important here anyway? I mean…..now is what is going to help to create the future so isn’t it the now that we should be concerned with? And if we have walls and baggage that we are carrying around with us that are keeping us from realizing our goals and dreams, stuff that was created by past experiences……than is it not time to address those issues? After all….it is the past that we are trying not to repeat here and if we do not deal with the issues caused by our past….then I can almost guarantee we are going to be in a very similar situation same time next year!
It is time to look in the mirror and get real with ourselves! Once and for all…..what do we see when we look in the mirror? Do we like it? If not then let’s get down to answering the question of why not and what is really going on here. And then I bet we will be moving straight into forgiveness! Lets start with forgiveness for ourselves and then move on to forgiveness of others. If you are carrying around issues….. anger, shame,guilt…….WHY is it there in the first place? Where did it come from? Did it just materialize out of thin air? No…. It comes from a past experience…right? OK…so…..do not hang onto and remember the past experience that have caused these issues…purge them…let them go!! Give them over to God and let Him deal with it!
First step…..admit it…second step….forgive…..Yeah..there may be a lot of forgiveness ahead of you but it is important to get through this, because this is what is going to let you forget the bad past experiences and start to form a future that is full of all your goals and dreams!
It is so funny that when we talk about forgiveness people always go straight for the thought of “who do I need to forgive?” they always think it is someone else…they never consider it…. may….be…. the…person..in..the…mirror! And that is OK! And…it may be others, it is always others! Regardless of whether it is YOU or OTHERS…..It is life….let’s get over it and get on with the living part!