Most people are ever reliving yesterday and the past. In the process, they miss the opportunities of today and fail to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
The great talents, aptitude and know-how waste away whilst one thinks of the hurt of the past, the blunder of yesteryear and the missed chances.
Continually wishing of what you could have done is never going to add value to humanity, nor to yourself.
By spending time in the past, the open doors of the present are never seen. Such doors only appear in the imagination after they have already closed. Such a way of leading life never takes you anywhere.
There is no future in the past. Somewhere ahead of us lies the future. We would therefore rather focus on where we are going than concentrate on where we have been.
The important thing that you can do with your life is to realise that yesterday was buried last night and will never come back again, no matter how much you think about it.
The fact that you have failed in the past is no reason for you to continue crying as if there is no longer hope.
Life is always what you make of it. You can decide to learn a lesson from past events and craft a better future for yourself and others.
Past successes are good but to be bragging about the accomplishments of twenty years ago will never bring food to the table. Probably this explains why we have a Shona saying; “Matakadya kare haanyaradzi mwana.” (What we enjoyed in the past will never solve today’s problems.) Isn’t it a wonder that a great deal of entities around us are continually referring to what was gotten in the past ages? The solutions of the past will never help you much in the current dispensation.
The past relationship that ended in disaster should never stop you from moving on with life. The hurt you are habouring from the manner you were treated whilst growing up doesn’t possess the required value for the present.
A great man/woman refuses to live as a victim of the past. Instead, they are always looking for solutions as each day comes by. By looking continuously to the past, you lose focus of where you are going and you stand to miss out on what is beneficial.
Use your imagination correctly by thinking of what can be rather than placing your energies of what could have been.
A person who lives as a victim is ever looking for someone to blame. The “blame game” way of doing things has never solved any problems throughout the ages.
Accepting responsibility for the present and future has the power to propel you to a higher platform than you could ever think of or imagine.
The worst thing that you could do to your life is to allow past happenings to rob you of the promising present and future.
Today is always better than yesterday as there is nothing that you can do about the past. There is, however, a lot that you can do in the precious present.
The future is great as we are going to spend the rest of our lives there. The only challenge with the future is that it has no guarantee that we will be alive in that future. Maximising on the present is the ideal thing to do.
It is important to take each day as it comes; no worry, no fear; forward ever, backwards never. No one ever built a powerful legacy by wishing for what they could have done.
Driving at 120km/h, you don’t look continuously in the rear-view mirror; you don’t keep your eyes on what is happening behind. Instead, you focus on where you are going and periodically check what’s behind you.
The moment you concentrate on what’s happening in a place you have gone past, you risk getting involved in a crash. How come you value your past so much?
Can’t you see that you will end up jeorpadising your brilliant future? Forget your past and forge aggressively into the future.
Don’t continue to cry. Focus instead on where you are going rather than where you have been.
If you lose a loved one, you have to cry your heart out but be quick to come back to your senses and focus on the future.
The one who has passed on has finished the race that was set for them but you still have some miles to go.
One great man who mastered this principle of forgetting the past was the biblical apostle Paul.
This is the man who said: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3 vs 13).
These were not mere words to please the readers but this man had been a persecutor and destroyer.
He however had to advocate for the very principles he previously rejected outright.
Paul had to go into the same cities that had widows who lost their husbands through his former activities.
Such a past had to be done away with nonetheless. The needs of the hour had to be addressed. Anything that was done in ignorance was overlooked.
How come you still want to stick to the mistake of yesteryear? Forget about yesterday because we buried it last night.
If the great apostle mentioned above had concentrated on his past, there is no way he was ever going to preach the gospel.
There is no way he was ever going to write the masterpieces of books that constitute a greater part of the New Testament.
Surely, if he was going to lament of the past, he was by no means going to leave a legacy of what the church is today.
If you continue living in yesterday, you will surely be robbing this generation of the very seed that has been deposited within you from the day of conception.
The value you possess should be offloaded to the world at this very hour. Let bygones be bygones and forget about yesterday because we buried it last night.
We are never again going to see yesterday but today is before us as a precious present.
Till next time, be inspired to focus on where you are going and be a difference maker.
Noah Mangwarara is a leadership expert & motivational speaker.
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