“Nothing we do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.” ― Ashleigh Brilliant
It certainly does no good to wallow in the past, especially if you use that as an excuse to do nothing in the present. Better that you should start changing your future by doing things today. Start by doing a quick and honest assessment of where you are today (not how you got there). Consider what are the issues or challenges that you face today and what do you need to do about them? Break bigger challenges down into smaller pieces or steps that you can take, one at a time, prioritize those small steps and then step off – start doing.
You will find that, even if you don’t initially realize it, in the doing you forget to spend time thinking about what’s passed. You are busy making your future. And when you get done with each task, take George C. Marshall’s advice –
“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.”
The advice of both Brilliant and Marshall look to the future, rather than the past. Brilliant seems to be more the dreamer and Marshall the more pragmatic, but both are heading you in the same direction – your future.
That is another important thing to keep in mind and one that I’ve written about her in the past – there is always a future. Every event in life that I spent time dreading and overthinking came and went without the apocalyptic end that I had imagined. Yes, some of them were painful, either emotionally or physically, but they passed and I was still there; life goes on and I was still standing. You will be, too. You will also learn that the solution to life’s disappointments, pains and trials is not to be found in a bottle or a pill, but within you and through actions.
Bottom line – you have a future and what that future is will change, depending upon what you start making it be today. Here’s another thought to get you started –
“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.” ― John Guare
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom
You can change your future today with a simple little prayer – “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Now that’s doing something about your future!