Can you recall a time when something in your life didn’t go right? Do you wish things would have turned out differently and now you have regrets over it? You’re not alone – many people feel this way – including myself.
I have been such a planner all my life that it was difficult for me to stay in the present moment. I can recall many circumstances where I was always reaching or looking over the fence. I didn’t know how to enjoy or appreciate what was right in front of me. I know this has caused me to miss out on a lot.
So yes, I have regrets, but it’s not wise to live there. The problem is that regret is like carrying around heavy baggage – it’s a heavy load to carry. All that heavy energy can get in the way and tangled up in other emotions of guilt and worry – not a healthy combination.
What we want is to be able to create new energy to move forward.
Here are three tips to help you let go of the past and live in the present.
Tip # 1: Show Yourself A Little Love
How would you show love to someone you cared for who was going through a difficult time? Compassion and empathy are two words that pop into mind. Try doing the same for yourself. We’re human and we are going to make mistakes – that’s part of life. One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is to treat yourself kindly. Forgiveness is another important aspect to creating new energy – we’re not perfect beings and that’s okay. Beef up the love.
Tip #2: Keep The Faith
We don’t always understand the “bigger” picture in life – the “grand” scheme of things. Although we wish we had a crystal ball to see into the future – the truth is we don’t really know what tomorrow may bring. This is why we need to keep the faith alive and trust in GOD – or in other words, the Grand Overall Design. Knowing that in time, all things will get better.
Tip #3: Make It A Learning Experience
It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment of what didn’t go right, that we neglect to see what else happened in that experience. Usually there are little golden nuggets if we look close enough to learn from the situation and make us better for it. So the question is, What can you learn from a past experience that can make you better today?
Remember, you don’t want to pull that heavy load a minute longer – here’s how to draw the line when you’re dwelling in the past on all that negativity. You simply need to remember to LEAVE IT IN THE PAST. That was then, this is NOW! Let it GO! I mean it…really, let it go for good and free yourself. By doing so, you will be taking a huge step to living in the PRESENT!