Pay attention to where you’ve been,
where you are, and where you’re headed.
Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across this quote by Vern Law: “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”
It reminded me of a Soren Kierkegaard quote I referenced in the most read (nearly 16,000 views) post on this blog (February of 2014, Honor the Past. Celebrate the Present. Embrace the Future): “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Both apply to our journey through this pandemic. We have definitely been tested. We look at what has happened, what we have learned, and how those lessons will help us moving forward. As I reread the above-referenced post, the words could have been written today.
A few excerpts:
Honor the Past. “Sure there are moments, events, people and issues that may be troubling at best and traumatic at worst. ‘Honoring’ in this context means to recognize that from those times, you have grown into the person you are.”
Celebrate the Present. “When we hold on to the past (going beyond honoring to ‘stuck in the past’) it robs us of our present. When we live in the future, we vacate the present. We cannot get the present back.”
Embrace the Future. “Planning for the future takes place in the present. Today is the tomorrow you prepared for (or not) yesterday.”
You can read the full post here.
Video recommendation for the week:
A short (90 seconds) video to remind us to appreciate—past, present, and future.
Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.
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