Last Saturday hanging out at a resort Diane and I go to frequently (“Happyland,” for those who follow both of us). I wanted to write to you guys, but didn’t have the time to sit and put out a full note.
So I pulled up an article from last August called Four Things You Must Have For Success. Hard to go wrong with something like that…right?
It wasn’t until I sent the note out to my subscribers until I noticed…the article included a reference to a project I had worked on last year that was very much in the past.
Very much, as in I really didn’t want to be part of the present.
So I fretted for about 90 seconds, concerned that people would read the note and get the idea that something that was very much a part of the past was also something in the present.
Then I remembered…
I can edit the posts on my blog, right?
So that’s exactly what I did. Took out all the references to the parts that no longer apply and got a clean article…with only the stuff I’m interested in bringing to the “now.”
Wiped it away. A do-over.
No…I don’t know of any way to change the past.
And I wouldn’t want to even if I could.
Yeah, some crappy things happened in it. To you, to me, to all of us.
We learned from them.
Seriously…I am the author of my life. There’s no way I am who I am now (which I like quite a bit) unless I went through each and every one of those experiences.
And everyone who got hurt as a result of who I am…
They got their own chance to heal, learn, grow and get stronger.
They get to practice compassion and forgiveness… just as I have toward the people who hurt me.
You can change the past.
By not being its prisoner.
And with today’s technology, you can give much of it a fresh coat of paint. And edit some of the bad parts out. Who knows what we’ll be able to do in the future!
Either way, stop being a slave to it.
Stop repeating the same patterns over and over again.
Live in the now.
Change the past…change yourself.
How has the past helped you grow into the person you are now?
What seemed terrible at the time, but looking back at it, you’re grateful for the experience?
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