Don’t Look Back

Sometimes I look back at who I was a year ago or five years ago and I’m embarrassed by some of the things I said or did. The advent of social media doesn’t help either because now if my memory fails me, Facebook and even this blog will be here to remind me of my less than stellar self. Super.

Sometimes I want to gather up everyone who knew me before right now and apologize for all the stupid thing I ever said or did. I feel this urgency to explain to people that I’m different now, that I’m sorry and I’ve changed.

This is great except I’ll probably look back ten years from now at the person I am today and want to apologize all over again.

You see, if I’m moving in the right direction then hopefully I’m always growing and changing from who I am today into a more loving, mature person tomorrow. That’s a good thing. The bad thing is looking back and remembering who I was at a different place in the story. But what I’m trying to remember is this: There’s no need to be ashamed of who you were yesterday if you are becoming a better person today.

Yes, I’m sorry for some of the things I said or did in the past and I do hope people know that. But at the same time I’m glad to be aware of what I did wrong because hopefully that means I’ve learned and grown and am not still making the same mistakes today.

So don’t be ashamed of who you were; be proud of who you are becoming. If you can’t be proud of who you are becoming, then worry about that instead of the past.

“…But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

4 thoughts on “Don’t Look Back

  1. I can really relate to looking back and wishing I hadn’t done, said or gone through many things. However, looking back now motivated me to start blogging. I’m hoping my posts will keep others from going through the same pitfalls concerning health and wellness. Even looking back at how stressed I was having to take piano lessons when I was a child, inspired me to write the post “The Player Piano Player.” I hope you get a chance to read it, especially because you’ll be able to actually see and hear a player piano playing.

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  2. I was so hyperactive and embarrassing when I was younger. I want to apologise to everyone I knew for being so irritating and loud! But, if I remember rightly, we all were so I reckon they already know 🙂

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    • I used to say anything and everything that went through my noggin…which isn’t a great policy. But you’re right, I think we were all kind of embarrassing when we were younger so hopefully people have forgiven and forgotten :]

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