By Herbert mtowo
Having a healthy and mature attitude about the past can make a major difference in anyone’s life. One of the best ways to approach the past is to use it as a school, not as a weapon. We must not beat ourselves to death with past mistakes, faults, failures and losses. The events of the past, both good and bad, are all part of the life experience. For some, the past may have been a harsh teacher. But we must remember to let the past educate us and bring the value of its experience into our lives. It is easy to allow the past to overwhelm us. But the good news is that it is also easy to allow the past to instruct us and to increase our value.
Part of the miracle of our future lies in the past. Past lessons. Past errors. Past successes. The collective experiences of all that has happened to us can either be our master or our servant. That is why it is so important to gather up the lessons of the past and invest them in the future. If we can set up that kind of intelligent approach to the past, we can dramatically change the course of the next twelve months. Each of us will be somewhere in the next twelve months; the question we must ask ourselves is where?
Developing a new philosophy about the past is the key to changing our current attitude. Until we have finally accepted the fact that there is nothing we can do to change the past, our feelings of regret and remorse and bitterness will prevent us from designing a better future with the opportunity that is before us today.
How effectively we use the present is largely determined by our attitude about the past. Until we amend our philosophy, we cannot repair our attitude. And if we cannot repair our attitude, our future is going to be filled with the same sense of regret and remorse and bitterness that currently has us by the throat. We cannot move forward into a brighter future until we have closed the door on the darkness of the past.
The current moment is where our better future begins. The past gave us a wealth of memories and experiences, and the present gives us a chance to use them wisely.
The present brings us an opportunity to create an exciting future. But the promise of the future demands that we pay a price in the present. The opportunity of the current moment must be embraced or the rewards of the future will be withheld. Our goals and ambitions of the past are bringing to us present rewards. If our current rewards are small, then our past efforts were small. And if today’s effort is small, the future reward will be small as well.
Today brings to each of us 1,440 minutes; 86,400 ticks of the clock. Both the poor and the wealthy have the same 24 hours of opportunity. Time favors no one. Today merely says, “Here I am. What are you going to do with me?” How well we use each day is largely a function of attitude. With the right attitude we can seize this day and make it a point of new beginning. Today does not care about yesterday’s failures or tomorrow’s regrets. It merely offers the same precious gift — another 24 hours — and hopes that we will use it wisely.
The greatest opportunity today brings with it is the opportunity to begin the process of change. Today — the present — is the moment when we can inaugurate our new voice coming into power. It can be a new “change of mind” — a new attitude adopted about who we are, what we are, what we want and what we are going to do. Today can also be exactly like yesterday, and the day before, and the day before… It is all a question of attitude.
The Future Our attitude about the future is also of great importance. In their classic, Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant wrote:
“To endure what is, we must remember what was, and dream of things as they will one day be.”
Our attitude about the future depends on our ability to see the future. Each of us has the inherent ability to dream, design and experience the future through the power of an imaginative inner-eye. Whatever the mind has the capacity to imagine, it also has the ability to create.
Just as the body instinctively knows how to do the miracle of health, the mind instinctively knows how to perform the miracle of wealth.