- “Be miserable, or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
- “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino
- “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
- “Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.” – Baruch Spinoza
- “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” – Denis Waitley
- “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
- “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James
- “It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale
- “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
- “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
- “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy
- “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine
- “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot
- “You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” – Flip Wilson
- “To be a good loser is to learn how to win.” – Carl Sandburg
- “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
- “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
- “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis
- “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
- “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus
- “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” – Babe Ruth
- “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan
- “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
My past is never far away.
It follows me wherever I go. It led to me where I am, and always trails quietly behind. But sometimes it sneaks up on me, jumps out from behind and drags me back to darker days.
It brings up old memories of heartbreak and pain. It interferes with every relationship I have, pushing away good people until they can’t take it anymore. It makes me second guess everything I do, it has me thinking that everyone has a hidden agenda.
The past gives me excuses to behave in irrational and illogical ways. Like because I was abused in the past, I can treat people shitty and get away with it. Somehow my past convinces me that this is true.
In reality, no one deserves to be treated poorly regardless of my past history. The people I’m treating like shit didn’t have a part to play in my past and therefore, don’t deserve to be treated with disrespect or dishonesty.
I know this. Deep down, I do.
I know that not every person I encounter will be like people from my past. There are good people out there and I need to start trusting that not everyone will screw me over.
But this is so much easier said than done.
Because the past is there to remind me of my mistakes and allow me to repeat them.
Well I’m done accepting that, and using it as an excuse. My past doesn’t have to define my future.
I know that I wouldn’t be where I am without it, but it’s time I let go of the hold the past has on my present life.
Today, my past mistakes and fears will no longer have a say in whether or not someone is a good person. That’s for my current self to decide. The past will no longer hold any weight to how I perceive or view someone.
And while it’s served a purpose in my life, it’s are also getting in my way.
So, while I appreciate you for all of the lessons I’ve learned and memories I’ve made, please past, stay the fuck out of my present and future.