“I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I am going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.”
“If you don’t let go of the past, you can’t live in the present.”
Years ago I had some rough life lessons that made me realize I was hanging on to the past as a crutch for not living in the present.
There’s a lot written about living in the present – for the most part the advice is accurate.
In dragging the past with us into today, we can never appreciate where we are right here, right now. The past shapes us and how we think and feel. But we truly only have “today” – not yesterday or tomorrow.
I realized (the hard way), wearing “my past” was keeping me from enjoying my life in the present.
Memories should be used as life lessons, bringing quiet tears or smiles – not worn as a badge of pity. Feel. Learn. Let the past teach you, not define who you are today.
Beware….lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~Aesop