Is the past a problem? Is it a source of encouragement? Is it something from which to learn? Is the past a base for growth and development? Do we all have a distinct perspective on our past?
Do we understand that tomorrow, today is part of our past?
If one tries to live in the now, in the present moment, what is the role of the past? Can we change the past? Can we change the effects of the past? Is our past what made us who we are today? Could we be who we are now, without the past? Could there be baggage that we carry from the past that inhibits us now? If so, is that past baggage or present baggage? How are we dealing with it now?
“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”–Walt Disney
How can we best learn from our past to grow in the present? Can we learn from the “good” and the “bad” of the past? Can we learn from what we controlled and what we did not control?
When you think of the past, what do you experience? Do you accept the past and its effect on your life? Are you willing to face the emotions evoked? Do you prefer to ignore them or repress them? Can you embrace those emotions to move forward in a positive way?