Life & Family

Don’t trip over what’s already behind you…

I don’t know where this quote came from, but it really is a clever concept. Do you worry or think about the past too often? Past mistakes? What you would do different? What you missed out on?

Don’t trip over what’s already behind you – live for today – live for the future – live for what’s ahead!

Yes, there will always be at least one thing you look back on and wish you had done it different. It may just be a small portion of the event you wished had gone different. Or it may be the entire experience. Either way, we must keep in mind that no matter what you do, you absolutely cannot change the past. All you can do is look to the future, learn from your experiences and be sure to remember those times to better help you make decisions for your future.

We are the person we are today because of our past. Each event forms us into who we are, how we think, and what we are capable of doing in the future. Sure, not every experience is great for everyone, that is life. We have to roll with it, learn from and help others when possible. Help them by understanding and guiding them with their choices in the hopes that they will not make the same mistakes you did. They may not always listen, but somewhere, somehow, you make a difference in others lives even when you have no idea you are doing it!

What can you take from your past to help it push you in a new direction in your life today? Take the regrets and turn them around.

Maybe you worked so much when your children were small that you missed out on much of their childhood. Take the time with your children now, make new memories and really savor the time you have left with them. They will enjoy it as much as you and appreciate the time spent together.

Or maybe start that new project you have been wanting to do for years. This can be anything you’ve dreamed of that you still have a deep desire to do. Buy a home to fix and flip, build a beautiful garden, make a headboard, paint a wall, start crafting… there really is no limit of things to do and create in your lifetime. Start small if you must, but just make a point to START!

Start a new business, take the trip of a lifetime you’ve always dreamed of, move to the country and start a farm, move to another town or to the beach…

Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make is that you really need to let go of the past. Nothing good comes from holding on to the past. It brings, anger, sadness, sorrow, and regret. If these are the feelings you harbor deep down, how can you have joy, contentment, excitement, and hope? What you think about, you bring about.

Pray about it, meditate about it, cry it out, write a journal, seek counseling Do whatever you need to do to be able to let the past go. Live for a brighter, more contented, magnificently beautiful life!

Don’t trip over what’s already behind you – live for today – live for the future – live for what’s ahead!



  • Carrie Pankratz

    This is so true. I recently gave up several years with my kids as I pursued my career as a teacher. It turned out that I was miserable. Instead of feeling guilty about that time, I am making the most of every day now. One of my kids made the comment “You spend so much time with us now, I love it!” I know I made the right decision to take a part-time job instead. Thank you for this post.

    • Lisa

      So happy you are able to spend more time with your kids and you are all so much happier! Isn’t it funny how life changes and your dreams you once had change to new ones. 🙂

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