Stop looking back if you want to go forward.

If you are always looking back at what you have lost, you will never discover the treasure that lies just up ahead. Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

I strongly believe that we ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.

Focusing on the present moment is something I struggle with on a daily basis. Hard as I try, much as I know it’s so much better to live in the now, I struggle with finding the present moment among my constantly racing thoughts.

And, of course, that is not what I want to be doing. Looking backward has always been a fault of mine. Whether it is a past relationship, business idea, work, a family issue from the past, or a mistake I made years ago, thoughts of days gone by often seem to find their way into my mind, clearly hindering my ability to live fully in the present moment.

Like most people, thoughts of the past impact my present and not often in a positive way. I know there are many ways to be present but it is up to me to take action on them. Living in the now means not looking back, not focusing on the past.

I therefore decided never to look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. I believe that success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. – author unknown.

I keep busy by searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.  I never look back unless I am planning on going that way and you should do the same.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane