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You Won't Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been

Updated on August 12, 2013

The statement, " you won't know where you are going until you know where you have been" simply means, you need to know what your life was in the past and in the now before you know where you are heading.

Everyone would love to predict their future, but as you all know that is impossible, so the best thing is to look at the past and see what you might of done wrong in your life, and if you are still doing those wrong things at this very moment.

The next thing is to improve on what you might be doing wrong and make it right for the future years of your life ahead.

I am sure you know where I am going with this, because if anyone that knows me and my writing, they know, mainly I write about alcohol addiction and ways that helped me get sober and stay sober, and I hope that those articles help others in the world find their own sobriety as I did.

You need to fix what is wrong with your life before you can continue on for years to come. If by any chance you do have an addiction to alcohol at this point in your life, you might want to think about how you can surrender to your inner demons so that you don't have to drag them around with you to the day you leave this beautiful Earth we live on.

Make It Right for Yourself and Others

You must know where you have been in life in order to make your future years bright, healthy and happy. You must know that you have done something wrong or something you were not very proud of such being addicted to alcohol as I was.

Make your life right by changing your ways and bad habit and start living the life you were intended to live.

Once you figure out what went wrong in your life and admit that you have an addiction to alcohol, and surrender to that addiction, your future years on Earth will be full of happiness, joy and great health, as it is for me right at this moment writing this to you.

Never be a shamed of your addiction and never try to hide it, in which all of alcoholics do. Ask for the help to make your life right and a life to be proud of.

You know, we are here on Earth just one time and so many millions of people that are alcoholics are missing out on such a great life all because we are too weak to walk away from our addictions.

Don't be afraid to leave your addiction behind and start a new life. Any of us that are alcoholics have the chance in our life to make things right in our lives, and that includes stopping drinking alcohol, and abusing it, and make things right with our families and people love and care for us.

These people love us, even though you may not think so while you are drinking alcohol and not being yourself while drinking.

Through the years of drinking alcohol I thought all these people that so called love me were dead wrong about the way I lived my life. All of us alcoholics think that these folks are just saying things to us about our drinking to make trouble or start fights. We are all thinking so wrong, because these people love and care for us and want us to be with them living healthy and sober and enjoying each other till the end of our time here.

They are only trying to help save our lives and we are too blinded by our addiction to alcohol to even see it, even when it is right in front of our faces.

So, lets try as hard as we can to make our lives right and correct what you have done wrong so we all can move ahead and live a life of sobriety. Admit that you are an alcoholic and ask for the help you need to make things right with your life and those that love and care for you.

It's that simple, but you need to have the will and the desire to change your life and make it right. You will be so proud of yourself that you took that first step to changing your life. Those that have been preaching and hounding you aboutstopping drinking will be so proud of you and will indeed be jumping for joy with happiness that you have finally seen the light and will now make all the past that was wrong be right.


© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore hello my friend and thank you for your comment. I glad you can back to read and comment but sad to hear about your ex. When my wife and family called me on drinking every single day for years, it just pissed me off even more and so I just drank more out of spite thinking I will show them! I live in denial for so long and only fooling myself until one day that light turned on and I said what in the heck am i doing to myself and others as well. Went cold turkey and never looked back.

      God Bless you and stay strong!!


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      6 years ago

      This is so open and honest - the highest form of communication - well done TCL! I've come back here from a notification but glad I did. The humility you show is astounding - my alcoholic ex and I are no longer together and in this hub you have pointed out the reason so well TCL - 'all of us alcoholics think that these folks are just saying things to us about our drinking to make trouble or start fights.' That is the saddest fact about having an alcoholic partner - some never get it and it makes you feel totally alone because what you have been through can not be understood by the very person who was meant to know, respond and care for you best.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Robin- First off I am sorry it has taken so long to reply to your comment. Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I like what you wrote about Confucious said.

      It is very nice to meet you also.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      The quote you used resonates with me and I heard it many years ago when Barbara Streisand used it in introducing a song she was to sing.

      It also makes me think about Confucious in his words:

      We learn by three methods-

      1.Reflection-the wisest

      2.Replication-not noble

      3.Experience-the harshest

      In order to put oneself on the right path, one needs to reflect and evaluate the path already traveled (where we've come from). This is an important practice, both personally and professionally (or in times of challenges).

      Thanks for reminding us.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Carol - Thank you for reading and your comment. I am glad you enjoy my writing and glad to know you as well. Yes , small steps and day at a time.

      @slackermom- Thank you for your kind comment. Keep up the great work staying sober. I am proud of you and you should just as proud of yourself.

      God Bless you and stay positive always and we will get through this together.

      All the best

      Mark Thank you for your kind words to me. It makes me so happy to know that I am helping some people that are suffering with an addiction. I know I can't help all, but I am giving it my best shot .

      Thank you again!!

      @teaches12345- Hello my friend and thanks for your comment and your friendship as well.

      God Bless you and have a wonderful weekend!!!

      @Gypsy Rose Lee- I am sorry to hear of your mom passing, but so glad you have found your soul mate, I always believe everything happens to us for a reason.

      Stay well and stay happy !!!

      @ImKarn23- Thank you for your comment , but who is Bill? Yes the crazies do believe there is not one thing wrong with their life.

      All the best to you dear


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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Bill, your advice is wise and sage, yet, your audience is going to consist mainly of those who have the ability to look back in order to make a better future - and learn. it's like seeing a psychiatrist/psychologist - i find that only the sanest seek out a deeper understanding - the crazies think they're just fine...ya know? ya know..(what a picture!!)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Your hub is saying volumes to the right person. I brought my mom back to her homeland Latvia just at the time in her life when it was right otherwise it would have been too late as she died two years later. Turned my life right around as I met my soulmate here and living in the states I wouldn't have met him.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I think your ideas could be applied to just life in general. Again, a great hub post and very inspiring.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Mark - it was a relief to read this as it puts the alcoholic and those who love them (despite their addiction) on the same page - I hope others can similarly turn their life around with the great advice you keep producing in your hubs.

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      Lisa Palmer 

      6 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Wonderful hub as usual. As someone who has had an alcohol addiction. I know how important it is to make right the past and learn from those mistakes because not changing means holding on to those negative things that drive you to the bottle . I am still doing my best to stay strong and sober . Your hubs inspire me to keep up the fight and I wish for you all the beautiful things a sober life has to offer.

      Blessings to you.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I always enjoy reading your hubs and learn something new about life. Though we all have not had to deal with alcohol most of us have some sort of addiction---maybe one not as clear. It could be simple things like repeating negative actions. Taking small steps to make changes is the best way. Great hub and voted UP.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Klara- Thank you Klara for reading and your comment. I sure hope I am helping others. I would just love to hear from someone saying I have made a difference in their life.

      All the Best to you Klara and thanks for being a good friend'


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      6 years ago

      Small steps, Mark. It's all about the small continuous steps. So proud that you changed your life around and are now helping others.


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