We all have our pet peeves, our frustrations. I get frustrated with people who live in the past so much they aren’t prepared for the future. It’s not my only peeve, but it’s a big one.
Why? I experience this over and over with people. It’s because what hinges on the success of anything you do is how you prepare for it. Your plan, consisting of your goal all the way down to your tactics and strategies, is determined by what you are doing in the present. In fact, your future is determined by a short-lived, fleeting present. In one second, it will be the future! The results are your future. Due to your choices in the present and any unreconciled ghosts from the past, you have to deal with the reality of your future. I see people waste away their present dwelling on their past and wonder why they struggle in the future (which quickly becomes their present). I know, it’s confusing…
The past is the past. There’s nothing you can do about it unless you own a DeLorean with a flux capacitor and hit 88 MPH. And, you likely don’t. So move on to make the most of your current and future situations.
Sometimes we spend our present fixing the past so we can better the prospects of our future. If this is done to be productive, it serves a worthy purpose. But if it’s done reactively, we only serve ourselves.
Make your future what God planned for you. Don’t dwell on past mistakes. Take advice from wise King Solomon:
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. – Ecclesiastes 7:10