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Often times as we evolve, change, and elevate we try to forget who we once were. We try to hide it. Bury it and hope no one digs it up. We try to disguise it with fancy words and pretty clothes in hopes that no one recognizes the truth. Don’t think that your going to evolve right over your past.
Unfortunately hunny, that’s just not how life works. I completely understand believe you me.
I have done some unsavory things in the past that I would love to forget. And that I wish anyone that took part, bear witness to, or slightly recalls would forget it too. Not that anyone is dreading it up. But sometimes the truth of our past can be haunting. We want to wipe it from everyone’s memory. If only embarrassing life moments could be put in recycle bin and empty from everyones memory.
How to Own your Past
- Embrace your past. Don’t try to hide it. You can’t grow from your past experiences if you spend all your time trying to bury your past. So instead of hiding from it embrace your past.
- Honesty is always the best policy. If you’re asked about your past be honest. Don’t try to sugar coat it or elude facts. There is nothing worst than back paddling or try to clean up your story when caught in a tangled web of lies. Be open about your past.
- Reflect on your past. Look for learning opportunities in your past experiences. There is always a lesson we can learn from our shortcomings and failures.
- Testify about how your past. You past has prepared you for where you are right now. Every heartache, pain, and obstacle you experienced is for a reason. It may not have been pretty and it probably didn’t feel very good but you made it through it.
One of the things I hear most often from people is that they enjoy my honesty. I personally think people relate to me because they know I’m not perfect and I don’t pretend to be. Yes I truly believe Christ is our Lord and Savior. But I don’t try to hide behind being religious.
To be honest I consider myself more spiritual than religious. It’s more important to me to have a personal relationship with Christ, God, the Holy Spirit, and the word. I will always choose that precious relationship over the outward appearance of looking religious.
There are so many more things I plan to share about my life. But it consistently amazes me that people are touched by the small parts I have shared thus far. All be it very painful parts of my life, ugly parts, dark places, and things I would love to forgot. My past is apart of who I am today. I will never allow my past to define who I am or limit the possibilities of my future. I will however allow my past to act as a testimony to those who are and have experienced similar things and need to be reminded they too can overcome too.
Brighten your Future
It’s amazing me how differently your present looks when you think about all the things you’ve overcome in the past. Being able to pull on your pain, strength, and resilience will only make your present brighter. When you keep going even though things get dark you’ll always remember their is light at the end of the tunnel. So don’t dwell on your past. Leverage your past to illuminate the step stones of your present and future.