“You cannot start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”

in triptolemus •  2 months ago

So many people dwell on the past. They dwell on the mistakes they've made, the actions they took, and often the actions that they didn't take.

Many people live a life filled with regret. They don't travel and see the world in the way that they've always dreamed, they don't have their dream job, they didn't chase after their ultimate dreams in life.

It's so easy to get caught up with the mayhem of life. It's so easy to give in to societal pressures and do what everyone else is doing. This causes a lot of regret and people dwell on this regret and end up wasting even more time in the future!

It's a vicious cycle. Maybe this quote can help you:

“You cannot start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” Michael McMillan

If you're always looking in the rear-view mirror of your life and looking at all your past mistakes, regrets, missteps, etc. then you will never be able to look forward with clarity.

You have to abandon all those notions of what you've done in the past. You have to get over yourself and you have to get over your own insecurities.

If you don't, those insecurities will plague you forever. They will haunt you. They will prevent you from building new memories and having amazing experiences that you actually want to have.

Close The Book

It's time to close the book on your past. Forget about what you've done or didn't do and focus on the present moment.

Focus on being happy, today. No matter what external circumstances are going on around you, make the decision to just be happy.

When you bring an optimistic outlook on life to the table, others will join you.

Others who also have an optimistic outlook. Optimism attracts optimism.

Creating a Virtuous Cycle

Just as pessimism and dwelling on the past create a vicious cycle of inaction and unhappiness, so does the opposite ring true.

Optimism and being present and enjoying life creates a virtuous cycle of action, happiness and good relationships.

A virtuous life filled with good experiences, happy memories, creativity and ultimately doing what you love to do every single day is within reach for everyone, regardless of their external circumstance.

Make the decision to change your life. It's as simple as building a few habits that keep you anchored each day. A few habits that ensure progress in your life. That ensure that you're constantly moving forward and learning and growing each day.

My favorite habits that I keep everyday that keep me moving forward are:

  1. Running
  2. Working out
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Talking with friends
  6. Preparing for travels
  7. Being present in the moment
  8. Always being optimistic about tomorrow

Don't be afraid to be happy. It's a state of being, not something that can be bought or sold.

Take a moment to look up and smile and remind yourself that today is a good day!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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well said


great informations
have a nice weekend.

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This is so true! We cannot move forward if we are still looking backward!

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The everyday habit section I found very useful. Sometimes we can forget that life is about balance, and reminding ourselves to do things that we feel we shouldn't need to be reminded of can be very valuable. Great post.

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Good explanation about traveling dreams

Hi @ triptolemus your article is very good. You said right, we should learn something from our mistakes and move on.. Because the pass has passed, it does not come back.Find us happiness in your life.You are correct....

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It is right that if we keep on regretting on our past mistake,nothing will achieve.Quite awakening post.can playing games also change your mind? @triptolemus

Nicely said but in reality it's in human nature to dwell. And it doesn't hurt to look back from time to time to reflect and learn from the past. Just make sure you don't go in circles and get stuck.

But it's always good to read this motivation posts to remind yourself to go forward and enjoy life because it fly's forward at full speed.

It’s true never ever think your past otherwise you never go forward I appreciate you to share good articles thanks and vote by me

That's true, you need to move on in your life..

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Absolutely true. Life is like chapter in a book. To experience the most of your life you have to know where to stop and where to start the new one. People are happy who used this secret in there life.😀

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Many times in life we ​​stagnate in the past without knowing the weight that this can have in our present, it is better to make like a famous book: Closing cycles.

Life is beautiful

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Just think, will you still be in the same position a year from now? You have the power to make the change you desire.

You can't change the past, but you can create a future.


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Thank for this! It is very thoughtfully well written and it really helps me put things in perspective. I absolutely agree that we could learned from out past but shouldn't keep looking back at the past.

Another point I would like to add is that, do not compare yourself with other people. It would only bring you down. Focus on yourself.

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That's the fact, you can't keep doing the same thing always and expect a different result.

Sometimes it is very good to close doors that no longer lead anywhere, but also be aware of what is to come is a way to miss the present.
Live the present, without thinking about the past or worrying about what will come.