I’ve been reading social media these past few days, as we transition from last year to this year – and I’ve been surprised at how many people have effectively said:
Good Riddance 2015
I’ve been surprised that a number of so called spiritual people have said things to this effect.
I refuse to see the past in any kind of negative way, even though some awful things might have happened.
What’s happened in the past, whether in the past year or earlier, has brought me to who I am, what I am, where I am, right now.
And I’m grateful for that.
If I hated the past, I would hate who I am right now –
And I don’t.
Because if I hate who I am right now, how can I see the future with any sense of hope, optimism, or love?
There is of course a belief amongst many that we should “live in the now,” and on one level I see merit in that. But I believe that the two dynamic forces that drive the human spirit are love and hope.
Take either away and we crumple.
To have hope, you have to look forward. It’s intrinsic to hope. And to look forward with hope you have to be at peace with the past.
You have to accept it, embrace it, honour it.
And not judge it in any kind of negative way.
Because it has made you who you are right now, stepping into the New Year…