About a month ago, I moved from one place to my very own place. As I was packing and unpacking, I found stuff that I forgot I had and stuff that brought up events from my past.
Some of those things were good memories such as the stuff I did in college, the high school events I attended or participated in, and some awards and other things I earned. Some of the things were funny. I actually still have some of the letters my friends back then when we would write back and forth to each other. Reading them makes me laugh and think "why on earth were we talking about that?" Other things I found were memorable. I have stuff from vacations I've been on. I also have stuff from old boyfriends that for whatever reason I can't bear myself to get rid off. (I need to work on that!) Finally, I have stuff that reminds me of times that were not so sunny and pleasant and I keep it to remind of where I came from.
In this present time at the place I am in my life, it can be all so easy to get caught up or swept away with the events of my life and the challenges and trials I face. I could also get all mighty and arrogant because I know that there are some people who aren't doing the things I'm doing who are my age and even those who are older. However, I choose not to go that route and try hard to stay humble. In the day and age that we live in, one could get easily carried away and then end up lost and wonder where did it all go. I admit, I've had times in my life where I wasn't humble or as giving as I could of been and in the end, I was the one who ended up hurt. However, I believe that is why this move and the things I looked at from my past helped me realize that yes I did make mistakes, yes, I did had good memories, but in the back of my mind I say, "look how far you have come."
In the end, my past helped mold me. It took me from glory to glory. I'm proud to say that I'm not bitter about it but glad about it. The good thing about my past is that I can make peace with it and not dwell on it so much that it robs me of my present and future. I can live and know that I have built a foundation and continue to grow from it.
I believe as long as you're growing and moving forward, there is no limit what you can do. Do not get so caught up in your past life that it destroys what can happen now and in the future. It is okay to look back and let it build you for better and not break you.
I would like to hear from you. How has your past, regardless of how it was, has impacted the person you are today? Are you determined to let it build you? If you feel like your past has started or has been breaking you, let me know and I'll pray that God will turn your ashes into beauty.
On the next few posts, I will be talking about the future and the present.
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Barbara <3 ^_^