As faith would have it, after I mentioned that motivational quotes and I do not have such a deep relationship, I heard something that resonated with me, and even stuck with me since.
“There is a reason why the rear-view mirror is so small and the windshield is so big.”
Have you heard this one before?
I was driving back from work when the radio host uttered those words. Even though I was peeking into the rear-view mirror to check how things are behind me, most of the time I was looking forward.
Looking at the traffic lights to make sure I do not run a red.
To make sure that I go when the signs tell me so.
I looked forward to get to my destination.
But I was not thinking about my home just yet. First, I needed to get there. And in order to do so, I had to pay attention to what was going on on the road right in front of me.
On my way to and from work, I listen to the radio. Yes, there are some ads, but not too many, so I enjoy it. Plus, I really like the short traffic updates it gives me. (No, I do not use Google Maps/ GPS to navigate me and provide me with detours.) On more than one occasion, the traffic update came on and I had heard that there was an accident at the intersection I just passed a couple of minutes ago. Hearing this makes me super grateful that I am still alright. For a second, I think that could have been me in that accident. I feel bad for the people, and hope they are alright. But the next moment, I am back to HERE and NOW.
A couple of weeks ago, I have had a great day, and her more plans for the evening that I looked forward to. I was looking forward to getting home, while thinking of how good the day had been. And you know what? I got into an accident. Why? Because I was not in the now.
Enough of the car talk.
We do need to look back, because the past is full of memories and lessons. Both of those help propel us further and avoid the potholes.
The past is the past. You have lived it. Kudos to you. But you cannot change it.
You cannot go back in time.
You cannot bring the past to the present.
The future is wide open, just like a windshield. Marvel at its brightness, but do not overlook the pebble in front of you.
Look forward to see where you want to be.
Look behind you to know where you came from.
But do it with your feet grounded in the present.
Do you hang onto the past?
Are you often stuck in dreamland about the future?
Are your feet fixed to the ground?
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