“We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.” –Lyndon B. Johnson
Wise words indeed. Right now is the only time we have and we should strive to make the best of it; something we cannot do if we are constantly trying to live in either the past or the future by constant reminiscing or constant worrying.
Short of science fiction, we don’t have the option of ‘revisiting’ the future to try and learn from it as distinct from worrying and fretting over it so either we fall into the worry trap or else we lay our plans and let it be.
The past, however, is rather more tricky. It is so easy to pick an example from the past to illustrate a current point only find ourselves embroiled in a rehash of an old argument.
Or we look at an old incident to see how we can do it better next time and inadvertently reopen old wounds, grudges and resentments that we thought were laid to rest.
How do you make use of the past as a learning tool without letting it take control of you and rob you of the present?