The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson. Don’t give up in the middle!
I love this saying because the more weread it through the more weget out of it.
For me, the first thing that springs to mind is that I’m a creature of habit and I often repeat the same behaviour. So, I’ve stuffed myself over Christmas (not learning the lesson of previous years) and although I have a future image of a trim, taut and terrific me, the reality around my middle is somewhat different. I am developing a gut!
We all have some area in our lives we feel a bit stuck on right now; where it’s easier to revert to type. Old habits die hard as they say!
The lesson could be around health, money, relationships, work, or rest and relaxation.
Who we are right now and who we aspire to be is a bit different. It’s really easy to create this amazing life in our imagination but much harder to realise it, as in the present we have to apply ourselves to the dream and cope with the reality of who and where we are at the same time. It’s a bit like living with Jekyll and Hyde and keeping the balance between them!
For some of us the change we want to make stays just that; a fantasy or a dream, something that we wish for but may never fulfil. Secretly, some of us quite like the idea of a dream never realised. After all, as a nation, aren’t we supposed to be a bit afraid of success but secretly envious of those who are?
But what about others of us with a different view, who try and aspire to be better?
If I’ve learned anything from the past, it’s often do things despite the prevailing advice, view, or opinion. Take note of it, weigh it up as well-intended, but don’t be ruled by it. Be mindful of the decisions we’ve made in the past. Work out whether they apply this time around and be very clear about the future we are trying to create for ourselves. After all, isn’t another definition for stupidity ‘doing the same thing and expecting a different result?’
The point is our past doesn’t always shape our future. The choices you make right now do. Be the change you want to be seems to sum it all up, so if you are struggling with the pudding tummy at the moment as I am, don’t give up in (or on) the middle! I may be able to see my gut a bit more than usual, but I'm using it to make some decisions in life that are right for me. Have the courage of your convictions to do what's best for you! A gut reaction may just keep you from giving up in the middle!!