Stepping Back, While Looking Ahead
It is impossible to successfully walk into your destiny without addressing the days of old. Our pasts have helped to shape us into the persons we are today. It is our failures and valleys that have proved to be our greatest teachers, not our mountain tops. Because of this, periods of reflection are necessary for continued development. Consider a visit “back” in time, and use it as an opportunity to uncover, as well as plan. Examine your attitudes, behaviors and circumstances during that period. What do you see? How can you better handle a similar situation in the future? What positive changes can you make the next time, should you find yourself face to face with that giant again? This exercise isn’t meant for you to make yesterday your dwelling place, but to better prepare you for what’s ahead. Use the missteps as the foundation for your future. Allow them to strengthen you and to provide guidance. A wise man learns from his mistakes, while a fool ignores them. Just as the rear view and side mirrors of a vehicle are smaller than the windshield, so should your view of the past be the same. It’s there for you to take a glimpse behind you, with the intention of you focusing intently on the promises ahead. We cannot change yesterday, or wipe away the mistakes that linger behind us, but we can draw from them to help us reach a better tomorrow. There is wisdom in stepping back momentarily, as long as you continue to look ahead!