“What lies behind us and what lies before we are nothing compared to what lies within us.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes had said this to help us see everything in a hopeful and positive manner. There are tremendous things in and around us that influence our way of living, demeanor, and attitude towards life. It’s important that what we are taking out of what we learned must be good and not bad. We human beings are impulsive, and our reactions to various situations are often volcanic. We often fail to accept situations that do not align with our thoughts and expectations.
What lies behind us is considered as our past, a time that we left behind. We have surpassed it, and We got over it. But many of us can’t really enjoy today. If we have a past that is hurting, a past full of mistakes, we tend to get scared. Isn’t that peculiar to grieve on the past and not utilize what we got today in our hands? Past mistakes deprive us of living happily in the present.
It is always good to be a little fearful of refraining from doing wrong. But then again, despite putting a lot of effort into being fearless, we sometimes abort our journey to a fearless existence.
Mistakes teach us many things. We need not be right every time and in everything. We should leave the fear behind and accept the things as they come our way. Unless and until we accept our mistakes, they seem to be a source of pain. Life teaches us at every moment. We shouldn’t give up when something goes wrong. At the same time, we should not have pride in what we gained in our lives. It is a human tendency to crave what we don’t have rather than happy with. There’s a saying that “we cannot change the past, we cannot predict the future; all we got is today to mend ourselves for the betterment of tomorrow.”
The biggest gift for us human beings is to forget. We should also learn to forgive to move on, and move in the path of success. When something troubles us, we immediately start hating it, and as a result, it never leaves us. We keep remembering it often. Hatred, fear, and being conscious are factors that won’t allow us to turn from the past. Here the deciding factor arises. What do we choose? Stick to it and cry over it or let go and have a fresh start. You lead your life happily before the mistakes, and you will now again.
The main thing which we ought to know is it’s alright to commit mistakes but not to repeat the same mistake over and over again. The motto is to seek the truth from it. But it’s important to see that we must not let mistakes affect our character. Everyone gives suggestions, but it’s up to us to take them or let them go. Eventually, we end up doing what our heart says irrespective of knowing its output. Nowadays, society mystifies us about all the things we do. They are no smooth sayers, so never try to change yourself for the sake of others. Sometimes the wrong choice takes us to the right places, and some sure senses lead us into unexpected failures. It’s better to put our utmost efforts and hope without fearing too much.
Coming to what lies before us is the future, a future where we can accomplish many tasks without referring to our past deeds. Forecasting the future is impossible, but we can plan according to it. It is a shame that we are so busy living in either our past or future, living in either fear or imagination, that we often lose track of reality. We never know what will actually happen tomorrow. So why ruin today by chasing tomorrow. On the contrary, there will always be our inner voice to warn us when we are abstruse about anything. Life is always contorted, but no one has the ability or the power to handle it. We have enough strength to deal with it. Motivation is all we need.
Look around you, how many times did you actually enjoy what is around you? When was the last time you paid attention to what is happening now rather than thinking about the last party you have missed or about the date you will go later? How important is it to understand reality and live with it?
The present is reality. Accepting what life offers us, what challenges it throws at us. If we decide to be happy in the present, not worrying about its results, how would that feel? AWESOME. Drop out of college & invent something vivid, leave your job and sing in the bar. Go ahead. Don’t save it up for tomorrow, a tomorrow we are not confident about. We don’t even know if we will wake up the next morning or not.
Neither the past nor the future can define us. The past and the future cannot alter the present. Live it well. Take the new oath of wow. Live in now.
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Writing is my passion and motivation as it inspires my own soul and others. . Poet by heart. Blogger & avid reader. Woman with Wanderlust.