Look backwards to move forwards

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Texture by Kim Klassen; Waterfront 7 Magic, 100% soft light

To look backwards for a while is to refresh the eye,
to restore it, and to render it more fit for 
its prime function of looking forward.
~Margaret Fairless Barber

Nostalgia. Memories. Reflection. Introspection.

Whatever you call it, it’s when you look back at life and past experience with mixed emotions. If you’re like me, there’s a few past experiences that make me shake my head and wonder….what was I thinking? Oh, thinking? Obviously, not a lot of that going on. But other memories, like the birth of my children and grandchildren, rank right up there in the top five best memories of my life.

As we get older, I believe we tend to become more nostalgic about our lives. Seems like when we’re going through it…living in the trenches….our minds are clouded with details and distractions. It’s only with some distance do we gain clarity.

Reflection. So important to our futures. If we are only focused on forging ahead, never thinking or learning from our past, we miss the opportunity to become the best we can be. Every experience we’ve had (good and bad) up to this point is instrumental in who we are today. And it’s our views and responses to those experiences that are key to what sort of lives we’ve chosen to lead now. The introspective adjustments we make in our thoughts, words and actions from those past events determine our next steps….and whether we face the future filled with hopefulness or despair.

So, it’s good to take a look backwards from time to time in order to see more clearly where we need to be headed as we move forwards.

Linking up with those who love to share at Life Through the Lens, Texture Tuesday and Texture Twist.

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19 thoughts on “Look backwards to move forwards

  1. “Every experience we’ve had. . .” Is exactly why, although I’ve had my share of those “what was I thinking?” times, I’d change nothing if I was offered a do over.

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  2. Everything you say here today is so true. And it could be an ‘age thing’, I dunno. But it’s true, we are the sum of our life experiences and they fuel us for the future. Gorgeous photo, too!

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  3. Well said. It’s good not to live in the past but useful to use it as a measuring stick. I’ve been thinking of you and your husband today. I hope things are progressing positively. You are ever in my prayers.

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  4. ” Every experience we’ve had (good and bad) up to this point is instrumental in who we are today. And it’s our views and responses to those experiences that are key to what sort of lives we’ve chosen to lead now. The introspective adjustments we make in our thoughts, words and actions from those past events determine our next steps….and whether we face the future filled with hopefulness or despair.”

    Amen, Lisa! And I totally agree! There is a fine line between “dwelling” in the past and not moving forward because of it, and using the past to live in the present.

    And I’ve never been one who believes any choice I may have made in the past was wrong (or a failure) because as long as I grow from those choices, they are were successes!

    Fab post, my friend. Love the photo and quote!

    X

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  5. Our lives really are a tapestry of all of our experiences, even the “what was I thinking” moments. I have more than my fair share of those and I am grateful that they do not define who I am today. I often consider the idea of “living in the present”, which is fine, but I agree that our past informs our future, so some reflection on what has gone before can be invaluable. I do get more nostalgic as I get older. I might even repeat some of my favorite life stories 🙂

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