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February 15, 2011

Getting Past the Past

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:46 am

In the past, one of life’s biggest challenges for me has been getting past the past. I don’t think I’m alone.

The past takes on a life of its own, especially when we keep it on life support.

We are attempting to keep alive that which is dead.

Memory is the main force that helps keep the illusion of the past alive.

The faulty thinking goes like this: if I can remember it, it still exists.

The truth is, if you can remember it, your memory of it still exists – nothing else.

The practical advice that is presented to star-crossed lovers – you can’t live on love – applies doubly when you substitute the word “Memories” for “Love.”

The reasons diets don’t work is because people cannot go the rest of their lives eating less food than their body needs. Similarly, when you dine from a menu of memories, you are always starving.

You starve by refusing to eat what the present moment presents. You opt for the illusional calories of the past which cannot sustain life, and cause a slow, painful death.

Your current state of affairs is your life – not what happened 20 minutes or 20 years ago. When you lose sight of that fact, you’ll have trouble getting past the past.

Getting past the past requires that you notice the present. Sometimes it takes a logical kick in the pants to get you focused where your life really is. Reminds me of a story I’ve told before . . .

Year ago, I was telling my friend, Paul about a job offer I had received. I was unemployed at the time. After telling him all about the job, I lamented that it didn’t pay the amount of money that I was making before. He surgically struck with the following comment: “It’s more than you’re making now.”

The reality of the present has a way of dissolving the past; we just have to focus on it to get that result.

Remember this: Memories of the past can be delicious; attempting to live on them will cause decay, because you can’t sustain life by attempting to live off the empty calories of yesterday.

 

All the best,

John

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