#301: Yesterday is Gone.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I recall reading once that what seems a failure in our lives may not have been one at all but simply may have been the best we could have done under the circumstances.
Tears, self-regret, even self-loathing will never change our past decisions. There is no reason to dwell on what might have been or could have been or on what we should have done or said. Our judgment at the time was the decision we made because of the existing situation, using our overall knowledge of the event. Self-recriminations serve no worthwhile purpose.
Isn't it enough that we have today's challenges to deal with? Must we overload our emotions and our minds with the past?
When we make decisions we build our wealth of knowledge for the future, when similar circumstances may again face us, when we can call on our past experiences to shape our future reactions.
Over time, we can only hope and pray that we make the best judgment calls we can with facts at hand. We mustn't allow tears of sorrow to drown our ambitions but should always remember that whatever we have done was likely the best we could have done at the time and know that even if faced with identical circumstances in the future our decisions will be tempered by past knowledge and experience.
Let us live today, expect tomorrow, but never drown in yesterday.