Afraid of the Past?
Afraid of the past? Now that seems like a silly concept, doesnâ€™t it? How can one be afraid of the past when it has already happened?
Yet when one looks closely at the fears we have for the future, we see they are often repetitions of old fears, or of things that have happened to us or to others in the past.
What is it you fear? Do you fear losing the one you love? Do you fear losing your job, your security, your identity or do you just fear the fear of your friend, the fear
Look back at your past and see…did you not once â€œloseâ€ someone or something you loved? Did you not feel that your security was â€œtakenâ€ from you? Consequently, the fears that you hold for the future are a deep rooted trauma that the past will repeat itself.
You may even be fearing something that happened to someone else. That also is in the past, even if it is not directly your own.
We have all heard of self-fulfilling prophecies. As a matter of fact we live them every day and every moment of our lives. We see failure, then we manifest it in some form, and the first words out of our mouth are â€œI knew this would happenâ€. We think we might get lost on the way to a place we have never been, so of course we do, and we comment â€œI ALWAYS get lost when I go to new placesâ€. We are creating repeat performances of our past and fulfilling our â€œworstâ€ expectations.
Conversely, when we sincerely expect to succeed, we do. Some people say that we get what we ask for. I would say rather that we get what we expect, what we are willing to receive, and what we think we deserve.
We can stop expecting the worst. Our lives need not be a series of re-runs. Each day can be a brand new show. You may have gone to bed feeling tired, but after a good nights sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed.
In the same way, even though your past may have had â€œmore than your shareâ€ of trials and tribulations, you can let that go! So what if you felt your mother didnâ€™t love you! So what if a previous lover left you! So what if you failed in the past! It is all in the past!
Today is a new day, and it can be a completely new start, if we treat it that way. Donâ€™t goad yourself into a self-fulfilling prophecy of misery.
Arise each day with the attitude that this is a brand new day, a brand new life. It is more than turning a new pageâ€”it can be a complete new book. Perhaps in an earlier novel of your life, you were always left with a broken heart.