If you look back too much, you’ll soon be heading that way. Mike Murdock said, “Stop looking at where you have been and start looking at where you can be.” Your destiny and call in life is always forward, never backward. Katherine Mansfield advised, “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling wast of energy. You can’t build on it. It’s only good for wallowing in.”
Consider the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)
You are more likely to make mistakes when you act only on past experiences. Rosy thoughts about the future can’t exist when your mind is full of the blues about the past.
A farmer once said his mule was awfully backward about going forward – this is also true to many people today. Are you backward about going forward? Phillip Raskin said, “The man who wastes today lamenting yesterday will waste tomorrow lamenting today.” Squash the “good old days” bug.
The past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it. Your future contains more happiness than any past you can remember. Believe that the best is yet to come.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
Consider Oscar Wilde: “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
Take note of what W.R. Ing said: “Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.” The more you look back, the less you will get ahead. Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Many a has-been lives on the reputation of his reputation.
Hubert Humphrey mused, “The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.”
When you are depressed, you will find that it is because you are living in the past. What’s a sure sign of stagnation in your life? When you dwell on the past at the expense of the future, you stop growing and start dying. Note Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NKJV): “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.”
I agree with a certain author named Laura Palmer. She advised: “Don’t waste today regretting yesterday instead of making a memory for tomorrow.” David McNally reminded, “Your past cannot be changed, but you can change your tomorrow by your actions today.” Never let yesterday use up too much of today. It’s true what Satchel Paige said: “Don’t look back. Something may be gaining on you.”
“Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way” (Edna Ferber). The first rule for happiness is to avoid lengthy thinking on the past. Nothing is as far away as one hour ago. Charles Kettering added, “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. Your past doesn’t equal your future.”