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September 19, 2012

Buy Back The Past

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Buy back the past!  Sounds wonderful.  I would sure like to do it . . . wouldn’t you?

The moment I began to think on it, my mind was flooded with what I would do if I had the opportunity.  I must confess that there are so many wonderful things that have happened in my life that I would love to relive those joys.  But such a thought was overridden by the desire to change some things.

It is not so much to change things as to change my conduct, behaviour, attitude, responses, reactions, and some decisions.  If you are like me, there are regrets in our lives.  We would like to go back and have a “re-do.”  We wish we had not acted that way . . . that we had been a better student . . . that we had not participated in that activity . . . that we would have shown more respect . . . that we would have seized the opportunity, that we would have made a different choice, etc.

I go back in my mind and remember . . . !  No, I am not going to share that or any other confession.  It would do nothing to change the moment.  Often I have said confession is good for the soul, but bad for the reputation.  Seems to me we need to close those doors that cannot be reopened.  (Read an old blog about gophers who can teach to close the door behind us.  www.lawsonjolly.com/2012/03/02

We need not dwell on the past this way.  We cannot undo it.  And I wonder if I would have done it differently.  It is easy to assume I would — but that is from the perspective of today!

One might shout, “I’d give anything to go back!”  But here is the truth:  No one is rich enough to buy back the past! But we are rich enough to claim the future.  So do not dwell on the past . . . but look forward to what you can and will do!

“But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead . . . .”  (Philippians 3:13)

Lawson

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