“Don’t let the past steal your present.”
How do we keep moving forward when seemingly immobilized by the past? Whenever I see this particular quote, I think of another, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.” It makes me laugh a little.
But it is still hard to not be influenced by the past. The key is balance, use the past as a tool to make a decision, but only as a tool. Don’t let it overwhelm you where you are frozen and unable to make a decision.
I speak of this from extensive experience of being frozen and unable to make a decision. Which I am finding is another symptom of Asperger’s. And speaking of being frozen, the next quote I am reminded of is “Not to decide is to decide.” by Harvey Cox. I can still see it plainly boxed out in a sidebar in my religion textbook from catholic grade school. Funny it has stuck with me all these years; it must be important!
So how do we use the past simply as tool, and not let it steal our present? I wish I knew! Maybe simply being aware that this is a possibility? Simply being aware when you go into that frozen state and realizing what is happening. That you are being immobilized by the past, which is over, and really has no direct bearing on the now.
And finally, another quote I am reminded of, “Awareness is the first step…” Yes, I suppose awareness IS the first step. Only by being aware of our weaknesses can we move forward.