“Peace With the Past”

“Peace With the Past

When we make peace with the past, the future holds promise. The absence of peace – generally some sort of regret – can blind, rob, and impair us to such an extent that we become unable to become the people we’re supposed to be.

When I find myself distracted by worries about the past, I need to try to recall the countless times when I came to realize that nobody else really cares about the thing I’ve been obsessively thinking about. My worries were so often unfounded and only served to steal my peace from me.

What should be obvious about the past (but isn’t always to me) is that it cannot be changed. It’s over, let’s move on! And if there are regrets about the past, let’s borrow some ancient wisdom, reiterated as sober wisdom from Alcoholics Anonymous and make amends where we can. It has been in situations like this, when I have sought to apologize to people I may have offended in the past, that I have learned that they often were completely unaware of the offense I thought I committed. (Ha! See? I told you our worries were often groundless!)

Don’t let the baggage from your past keep you from realizing your destiny. Clean up what you can and throw out the rest. Tomorrow, it’ll be even less worth worrying about than it is today. Let’s get on with today and making it awesome!

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