The dangers of living in ones past are being stuck in a moment that has long passed and being distracted to the moment that is now before you. Its hard to live in the now and present if your mind is always on the matters of the past. The past is their only to serve as lessons learned and building blocks for the days that are soon to come. Holding on to regrets and not letting go of the negative emotions from past events only anchors you into the past and holds you from sailing onward into the future.
Every morning you wake is yet another chance to change yourself and your life, To live that day with your mind stuck in the past cancels out any chance for change. Build on the past but not in the past and embrace the possibilities that are before you. What you once did and what you once were unable to achieve does not apply to the here and now nor does it control the future. The ability to create change and choose new direction in ones life is a great gift often overlooked due to fear. The fear is a shadow of our past mistakes and or failures that we seem unable to put behind us.
We all have skeletons and demons lurking in our past and they tend to keep influencing our lives in the present. This is usually our inability to forgive ourselves for both our shortcomings and poor choices we once have made. We must learn to forgive ourselves for the negatives of the past and learn to not repeat them. It is all part of the learning process of life, to make mistakes and learn to avoid them in the future. We were never meant to carry the guilt for any length of time. Guilt was meant to be very short lived, it was meant to help us to remember to not repeat the same mistakes.
Let the past stay in its own time and allow the present to be a chance for change and for happiness. The present is called the present because it is a gift given to all of us with each breath we take.
“Truth, Peace and Understanding are the seeds of love and compassion.”