Thursday Thought: Looking Back

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
—Henry David Thoreau

Sorry, Mr. Thoreau, but I wholeheartedly disagree.

While I do believe in the concept of moving forward and not letting the past hinder forward progress, I also believe it’s important to learn from the past so we know how to handle similar roadblock and avoid repeat mistakes.

I also believe wholeheartedly in the mindset of refraining from the use of “never,” especially when it comes to beliefs on learning and ways to move forward in life.

Never implies a closed mind. Never implies that you’ve already decided that XYZ is a bad idea, and there will never be a reason to look at this idea objectively again.

Even the best laid plans are not finite or 100% guaranteed. There is often much room for give, one way or another (sometimes many different ways), and if we limit ourselves to the closed door of never then we limit ourselves to only what we know right now.

Would you want to live your life with only the knowledge you had of yourself five or ten years ago?

I sure don’t. But ask me again in five years.

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