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The Past Is Practice February 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Don’t look back . . . you’re not going that way.


The past is practice.


When looking back doesn’t interest you anymore . . . you’re doing something right.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Ally Bean - February 27, 2021

I’m one to want to keep going forward, so I agree with you. Happy Saturday!

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

If we’re not mindful, we can get mired in the past . . . tethered to ghosts and memories. Better to march forward into the unknown and find out what’s around the next bend.

2. Rainee - February 27, 2021

Nice post Nancy. I did some looking back recently – to celebrate the great times and to kindly heal some of the tough times. It was good. Now I am moving forward 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

Excellent. We have memories for a reason . . . but it’s better for our mental health not to get lost in them for long.

3. Rivergirl - February 27, 2021

Love that first line!

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

Here. Now. What else is there?
Bottoms up!

4. Kate Crimmins - February 27, 2021

Even in hard times, left foot, right food, always forward. Can’t go back. It’s never the same.

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

Yup. Left. Right. Forward March!

We were at a Farmer’s Market today. There was a cat laying on its back, paws in the air, in the middle of one of the aisles. A girl said, “Is it dead?” Nope. Just super CHILL!

5. mybeautfulthings - February 27, 2021

You are right! It’s the only way to go. 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

I am less interested in “resurrecting” the past than I once was . . . although the occasional trip down “memory lane” can be FUN.

mybeautfulthings - February 28, 2021

I agree. It’s the looking back with regret that needs avoiding. Looking through old holiday photos or photos of the kids when little are all uplifting. have a good day. 🙂

nrhatch - March 1, 2021

You too, Sally.

6. L. Marie - February 27, 2021

Forward march! That’s the way. (I keep telling that to myself, since I have a tendency to agonize over the past.)

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

Forward March! 😀

7. Erica/Erika - February 27, 2021

Don’t look back just came up in a conversation this morning re photos we accumulate. Staying present and moving forward, possibly healthier for the psyche. Your first line sets the the “why” for me, Nancy.🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

Like many people, I have way too many photos. I’m not ready to part ways with them, but paring them down would be a step in the right direction. Happy Weekend!

8. Behind the Story - February 27, 2021

“When will we get back to normal?” assumes that it’s possible or desirable to go back to the way things were. Let’s go forward and see what’s over the next hill.

nrhatch - February 27, 2021

I agree, Nicki. I don’t see ever going back to the pre-pandemic status quo. This enforced “pause” has given me a chance to re-evaluate how best to navigate my days moving forward.

For one thing, I will probably never go back to shaking hands. Friends will get hugs. Strangers will get bows. _/!\_

9. anotherday2paradise - March 1, 2021

As Mother Teresa said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

nrhatch - March 1, 2021

She was both wise AND compassionate.

10. Debra - March 4, 2021

Spending too much time looking back really drags us from enjoying right where we are! I love the way you illustrated your words with these particular photos. Excellent!

nrhatch - March 4, 2021

There are places/times in my life that I would love to go back and revisit . . . if only I could find a rewind button. That said, I feel like I’ve always been headed down the right road for me.

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