Learn From The Past, But Don’t Live There

By Dr. John L. Reizer

Editor at NoFakeNews.net  

“Never regret anything – If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Anonymous

A human being lives through a plethora of experiences during the course of his or her lifetime. I have always believed such experiences were an integral part of educating our soul and that we preplan the important events in our life long before we are ever borne into this world.

During the course of my life I have had plenty of amazing experiences that I know were preplanned in an effort to help educate my soul. Sometimes the experiences were pleasant and sometimes the experiences were unpleasant.

I honestly believe everything that happens in our lives serves an important purpose. And while we should never be ashamed of or have regrets about the experiences we live through, it is never a good idea to dwell in past events. This advice should be applied to both good and bad experiences.

If we have the state of mind that something in our past happened because the universe was kind or out to get us, we will become obsessed with a given situation and never move on with our life’s work. Instead, it’s always better to fully accept and recognize all experiences for the valuable lessons they produce within our lives.

As painful or joyful certain experiences might have been, acceptance of the past is an important component of healing ourselves in the present. The simple truth is that we can not always attain the outcomes we had hoped for in many of life’s instances. Many things do not end up the way we envisioned them. This is the story of life and nobody is immune to life’s lessons.

Try not to think of events and happenings in our past as rewards or punishments. They are neither. Our past is simply a collection of prior lessons that we can use to learn from. If we are wise, our past can be used as a means to help guide us in the present as we attempt to achieve better and brighter futures.

The past can be many things, but it can never be changed. It’s not prudent to dwell in what can not be changed. It is far better to focus on the many things we can control in our present day lives.