Gratitude for the past’s lessons paves the way toward future victory.
Posted Jan 15 2013 10:00am
I am grateful for my past, because it is my
greatest teacher—in remembrance of what hasn’t worked before, I am freed to
discover what will work now, and I courageously employ these new strategies
with great enjoyment and success.-Quote from Beating Ana
The past can be such a good friend to
us – if we will allow it.
The past is so helpful, too, because it
stores up all the memories and experiences that we can then draw from to figure
out what worked well before, what didn’t work so well, what we want more or
less of, and what kind of human being we aspire to be in our life.
When we go back to our past and ask for
guidance or help, it never turns us down. The trick in making use of the
information it so freely gives us, however, is to be discriminating and
strategic in the information we ask for, refusing to get caught up in
unproductive memories but simply taking the information and using it to make
new, better choices today.
Make friends with your past and two
things will happen. One, you will have all kinds of helpful information about
Ed’s weaknesses and things you can do to make him even weaker. And two, Ed will
start to get jealous because you have made a new friend to replace him (and
fight back against him!)
When you feel Ed start to get jealous,
that is how you know you are making good use of the information in your past to
take him down. Don’t give in. Don’t let Ed bully you back in to being his
friend again. Tell him, “I’m sorry, Ed – but you and me is over. I have a new
friend now who will help me get you out of my life for good!”
can you do – starting now, today – to make better use of the information from
your past to weaken Ed and then kick him out of your life for good?