Don’t Be a Prisoner of Your Past

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The problems of people’s pasts impact them in one of two ways: They experience either a breakdown or a breakthrough.” – C. S. Lewis


Year 2020 is going steadily, and we are all aware of how promising the year is because it is the gateway to the next decade. Having known that we have to be deliberate, methodical and strategic in all our dealings; we have realised that it is important to assist ourselves on how we deal with our pasts in order to cause a rewarding future.

Once in a while in the past, we have all went through some circumstances, situations and experiences that hurt us; that beget regrets, fear, anxiety, nervousness and resentment and makes our pasts unworthy to be remembered. Are you the type that is being held down because of what you have been through in the past? If you are, that means you are imprisoning yourself to sufferings of your past.

The good news is this: There is no one with a perfect life. You either get it right now or never get it right at all and the moment you get it right marks a new beginning in your life. If you have got it right, your past will never weigh you down, it will only strengthens you with the energy to carry what your future weighs. Potentiality Builders said, “It is not the number of battles we fought that makes us winners; it is the number of rights we learnt from our wrongs that triumphs us.”

Imagine your past as the walls you have left behind, but instead of seeing it behind you, you are seeing it in front of you placing obstacles and challenges ahead of you. It will remain so because the vision you have to carved from your past has been infringed and sabotaged by guilts, regrets and fear. And Viktor Frankl made us understand that “Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.”

Is there anyone that traveled the journey of life without overcoming his/her past negatives? No one. What they were able to do differently was that when they come across people that are dejected, they ask those people what demoralises them. But when they come across people that are winning, they ask those people the last defeat they encountered that trumped them to life.

Don’t let the gifts, the talents and the blessings deposited in you wither because you have been stuck with what were not right in your past. You have to release everything you have done wrong that is costing you your mission in life. You have to know it that a man that finds it difficult to forgive himself will always gloat in persecuting others. Instead of allowing your pasts to cause blame on you, use it to boost yourself to marveling life, to coast you to victory.

Living in your past will not let the promises in you to manifest. Those that have lived outstandingly used their past defeats and failures to initiate the prosperity life has to offer them. “If there is any single factor that makes for success in living,” says William Martson, “It is the ability to draw dividends from defeat.” William Saroyan also stresses that “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

What don’t kill you makes you stronger, and anything you have stepped beyond should never birth a cause to depress you from maximising the opportunity holds by your present. If you have grown to the level of appreciating whatever you have gone through in the past, you have been sharpened and inspired to live your life worthily! Henry David Thoreau says, “When it is time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”

Our pasts hold the powers to either give us life’s approval or its rejection. Let your pasts give you approval to live, to make impacts, to be of significance or to make a difference. You have to believe a principle that in order for you to have a tomorrow you don’t have today, you have to do today what you don’t do yesterday.

Till I comes your way next week, see you where those that have freed their pasts are elevating to the peak of their present!


Sulyman Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.”

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