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Appreciating Our Past - January 22

It is easy to be negative about past mistakes and unhappiness. But it is much more healing to look at ourselves and our past in the light of experience, acceptance, and growth. Our past is a series of lessons that advance us to higher levels of living and loving.

The relationships we entered, stayed in, or ended taught us necessary lessons. Some of us have emerged from the most painful circumstances with strong insights about who we are and what we want.

Our mistakes? Necessary. Our frustrations, failures, and sometimes-stumbling attempts at growth and progress? Necessary too.

Each step of the way, we learned. We went through exactly the experiences we needed to, to become who we are today. Each step of the way, we progressed.

Is our past a mistake? No. The only mistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth.

Today, God, help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring about my past circumstances or relationships. I can accept, with gratitude, all that has brought me to today.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation.
zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 22, 2013

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We have a in common. You might like my story, The blossom pales in comparison.

Any mistake we make and then learn from becomes a lesson....I like that whole idea....

You are exactly right, the mistakes from our past are our lessons of the present and our guide of what NOT to do or do better in the future. If I may, we could add another mistake is masking and not learning what the “true lesson” is supposed to be to ensure no repeats and secondly, not forgiving yourself AND the other person (or circumstance) for the “introduction” of the mistake. Without these factors involve, I believe overcoming the negative aspects associated with the acknowledgement of past mistakes will take considerably longer to overcome and provide more power to the source of the mistake than it deserves.