The other day I read a great quote that we can all learn from, regardless of what challenges we’re facing or what’s going on in our lives:
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Lyndon B Johnson
I believe that all days are important: yesterday, today and tomorrow. I’ve learned a lot from my yesterdays as well as the yesterdays of many people in my life and throughout history. I’ve tried to improve on some of my yesterdays because I know I’ve screwed up and know the best thing for my future is to try to fix those things or do better next time. But some things from yesterday (or however many days before that) should be left there and not revisited. I don’t need to revisit the men I’ve previously dated, I don’t need to revisit the colleges I’ve attended, I don’t need to eat again some of the things I’ve eaten, I don’t need to re-read some of the books I’ve read, and I don’t need to have some of the conversations I’ve had again.
I believe there comes a time that you either have to choose to keep apologizing for or living in the past, or you have to choose to live in today and tomorrow. You can’t truly erase the past, although in parts of history we’ve done a really good job of trying, and yet most things and people are able to live on, or at the very least their stories are. I would rather work on winning today and tomorrow than try to fix or change what already happened. Yes, apologies absolutely have a place and are necessary, and it’s important to be aware of the past so you can make necessary changes for the future. But the future should not always be based on or structured from the past. The future should be filled with new dreams and new directions and new relationships. Sometimes that future will compliment the past, sometimes it will take the past to a new level, but other times that future will be in a different direction from the past.
You’ve got a choice what you want to do with the rest of today, as well as all the tomorrows that are ahead of you. Some days you have to call it a wash, but most days are able to be improved upon in big and/or little ways, declared a win, or at the very least able to be completed satisfactorily. What choice will you make?