Don’t allow yesterday to take up too much of today.
Too often, we focus on the past and things that happened rather than focusing on the here and now. We beat ourselves up or worry about what could have been, what we should have said or done. Or, we dwell in the past, reliving what was and not living what is.
This is like reading the same chapter in a book again and again, not making progress because we never move forward.
We’ve all had things happen that we regret or wish we could change. Often, these lessons are very challenging and we continue to dwell on them, looking back and reexamining every facet of the situation and asking “What if?”
What if I had taken that job or done better on that project?
What if I had helped that friend in need?
What if I hadn’t spent so much time working?
What if I hadn’t reacted in anger?
What if, what if, what if…. The list is an endless one if we allow it to be.
It’s okay to ask ourselves these questions as a way to acknowledge and accept our past so we can make a change for the better as we move forward. But dwelling on all of our what ifs doesn’t allow us to participate in today.