Let Go of Yesterday. Embrace Today. Have Faith for Tomorrow
Depth of Wisdom
Jiddu Krishnamurti is a well-known and much loved Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. You may view his photo and one of his quotes, here to the right..
Human beings spend much of our lives in contemplation. Sadly for many, past mistakes and indiscretions seem to haunt and often torture us despite efforts to block them from our memory. The result can be a maddening and crippling state of being that prevents the freedom of progress to go forward to thrive in peace and happiness. Although we may have gained immeasurable wisdom and made many positive changes in our behavior and choices, the negative and harrowing experiences remain to taunt us and lock our spirit in guilt and remorse.
Surely we will cry out, "Must this be the burden we carry throughout life that we can never be truly free to thrive in this world?" "What of our dreams and our birthright to all the gifts of our Universe?" These shadows of gloom belong to each of us at one point or another. No man is untouched by troubles, mistakes or sin. We are imperfect and mortal above all else.
To break away and go forward with intention and courage requires a storm of desire from within us that awakens our senses and longs to succeed. The moment arrives when we can clearly see there is a need to fight in defense of that which belongs to us, whether we are broken or whole.
What has been done is over, no longer a bleeding wound, but we have healed and carry the scars of battle. If we look back, we need to be careful to see only that which will help us and that which reminds us of what we wish to never revisit. We have buried our foolishness and crushed our greed. We protect our goodness and honor to keep us walking that straight line. The line that will lead us to the joy intended for us. Isn't this what each and every one of us want? So then what must we do?
Letting Go of the Past
These are not just more empty words of advice, nor a flippant cliché. The sheer reality is that we must come to a place of self-forgiveness, no matter how painful, no matter how difficult. Yes we will have to go back for a moment, to recall unpleasant, embarrassing times. Those times when perhaps in our youth and lack of wisdom, we were selfish and cruel, not only to others, but even to our own self. The outrageously irrational choices we made and the bold denial we clung to against all common sense. During that crazy time in our life when all that mattered was the momentary pleasure, the bigger the better and the more self indulgent, the more we kept on that path of destruction.
To begin to heal, we must first learn to let go. We need to be willing to feel true sorrow for those we may have hurt. When possible, we must apologize with sincerity and ask for forgiveness. Only this can begin our cleansing that will free our soul to reach out to love and compassion to those we once scorned. This same compassion belongs to us too.We can learn to love ourself with a pure love and discard our wretched ego. It is only then we can find it in our heart to forgive ourself.
Once we have taken these tender steps, it is that time my friend, to bid, "Farewell," to yesterday. In our mind's eye, we may watch the past fade far and fast into a distance no longer visible. Our heart will lighten and we'll feel the newness and freshness of utter relief. The relief which brings us the freedom to move forward into new beginnings of a new and brighter day.
Leave the Past Behind/Larry Norman w/ lyrics
Brand new DAY.....TODAY!
Now. Today. Right this Moment.
The break of dawn. Sunrise is as breathtaking as the sunset, although while sunset bids farewell to another day, sunrise has an excitement like nothing else. If we listen closely, we can hear the song of hope that rises with the brightness and warmth of the sun. With arms outstretched we can reach out and touch a piece of sky. It peeks through and pull us to embrace.
Yes, hope of all the wonderful things we have in store and the people whose lives will intertwine with ours. Today is the new day dawning just for us. Its moments must not be wasted, but used for every purpose in our lives. This is our gift of starting over and beginning on a journey for which we've made so many plans. We are certain it is never too late.
Today we continue our healing and practice the words and deeds that will create our comfortable world to learn and grow, share and love. We've discovered our purpose of our existence on earth. We can hope to leave our mark on all we touch. With every step we guard against despair, ready to forbid it entry and rise above its poison.
We paid our dues and learned the lessons. This is our time to sparkle and shine. "Today," what a wonderful concept. Right now as we live and breathe.....this moment. It's ours and we embrace it.
Once more we can make our amends. For every heart we broke, we will share kindness and comfort. The sins we committed have been washed away forever and in their place we've brought talents and gifts to spread smiles and laughter where ever we go.
Gratitude overwhelms us and we say, "Thank you.....thank you.....thank you!" For this new day has made me whole again and brought me to the beauty and reality of life. No more will I cry tears of regret nor wonder who I am. I'm a child of the universe now....today, right this moment!
The Best Day of My Life
Today's Joy is Tomorrow's Memory
Because we just cannot know of tomorrow, we learn to have faith. Faith to believe that what may not have worked out quite as we'd hoped today, tomorrow allows us another chance. It is comforting to have hope in tomorrow, for all of our memories come to life tomorrow.
Tomorrow will bring us thoughts of all the days before and the continuation of yesterday's lessons! Before we close our eyes at the end of a long and busy day, we smile in the belief that "tomorrow is another gift."
One final thought I share with you my friend..... Speak these words aloud and in peace......
"Goodbye to Yesterday" "Welcome to my World, Today. I Love you." and "I Believe in the Hope of Tomorrow.".............Peace to one and all..