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Let The Past Recede From View August 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Continued from:  Happiness Resides Here & Now

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Life is a journey.  The journey takes place in the here and now, as one moment unfolds into the next. 

To fully embrace this moment, we need to let go of the last moment

We need to let go of the past ~ or, at least, lessen its stranglehold on us.

A boat trying to sail down a stream while moored to the shore makes little to no headway.   You are the boat.  The stream is your life.  The shore is your past.  Let it go.   

Letting go of the past does not require us to have amnesia.  We do not have to forget all that has happened to bring us to this point.  We do need to let it recede from view in order to fully embrace the here and now.

A ship’s captain may recall sailing through past storms, and utilize that knowledge to help him negotiate each new storm that arises.  That’s putting the past to good use. 

Problems arise when, like Captain Sinbad, we dwell on the storms of past voyages even on days filled with clear skies and smooth sailing. 

Instead of seeing today as it is, we see our tale unfolding through the clouded lens of past experience. 

Retaining fond memories of people, places, and things from the past is not a problem.  Spending untold hours analyzing (or attempting to rewrite) the past is rarely the best use of the time we have remaining.

The past is what it is. 

Let it go and get on with living the rest of your life with a sense of alert curiosity and wonder, rather than fear and suspicion.

Tomorrow at noon:  Hang On, The Future Is Next.

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The power of letting the past recede: Deja Vu with Quentin Crisp:

To me, now, England is an island off the coast of America. ~ Quentin Crisp


1. Mstrongair - August 24, 2010

Great post, Nancy!
I agree. We can take a look at the past with an ever present, fresh approach.

nrhatch - August 24, 2010

Hang on the memories, let go of the emotional tug and pull. : )

2. Naomi - August 24, 2010

Love this, thanks Nance! Reminds me of a favourite quote:

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

nrhatch - August 24, 2010

I love that quote!

I’ve heard it before, but haven’t bumped into it in ages. Thanks!

3. Patricia - August 24, 2010

Great post–I think most of us need to be reminded of this occasionally.

nrhatch - August 24, 2010

Too often, something happens to upset our apple cart.

Instead of picking up our apples, and moving forward, we get “stuck” living and re-living the same moment over and over in our minds ~ like Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day.

As Tom Petty would say: “Time to move on. Time to get going. What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, babe, grass is growing. Time to move on. Time to get going.”

4. cindy - August 25, 2010

Oh, I do love that man so.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, thank you Nancy.

nrhatch - August 25, 2010

Yay! Glad it felt worth the read.

I’ve decided (watching Quentin and others) that English accents soften the harshest commentaries. : )

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