The Past, In Light Of The Present, Knowing Better Now

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JLH, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    When we look back at the past, knowing what we know now, we often find it difficult to understand how we made the mistakes we made. This is because once we learn new information, it is nearly impossible to reenter the headspace we were in before we learned that information. And so we look back at parents who spanked their kids, for example, and wonder how they could have thought that was a good idea. Similarly, our personal pasts are full of mistakes we can't believe we made. We did things then that we would never do now, and this is precisely because we have information now that we didn't have, or weren't able to access, then.

    From ideas about how to raise children to how to treat the environment, our collective human past sometimes reads like a document on what not to do. In many ways, this is exactly as it should be. We learn from living and having experiences. It is from these past actions that we garnered the information that guides us to live differently now. Just so, in our personal lives, we probably had to have a few unsuccessful relationships or jobs, learning about our negative tendencies through them, in order to gain the wisdom we have now.

    In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.

    Daily OM
  2. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Just thought that I should tell you that I read most of your postings and enjoy what you share with us.

    I know others are doing the same. Good article.

  3. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    I was so impressed by the messages from Daily OM that I looked up the site. I now get the message delivered daily in my emails. They are very uplifting, not complicated, give good life-lessons, don't point fingers and make one feel less of a person, and are written in plain english.

    Love 'em. Thanks for sharing. Joyfully
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Thank you two for responding. I am glad that you enjoy these messages. You never know if anyone is reading unless somebody replies!!!!!

    Thanks again,
  5. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    I have noticed that not to many replies. But I felt that many are reading, but not up to answering. There is nothing to answer. But we enjoy the articles and learn from them. Some nights I do not reply at all to postings. I just lurk and read......

  6. bettydroop

    bettydroop New Member

    That was really nice, I enjoyed that.