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Your Past Is Not Your Future

My faith in the future is mostly based on what I’ve seen happen in the past. When I make plans about this year and next, my memories have a lot to contribute to the conversation. I’m sure you’re the same. We all base our beliefs and what we know without question on our experiences. I’ve even heard very wise people say that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. And it’s true… mostly.

The tricky thing about the past is its brazen ability to assume it can (1) troubleshoot the present and (2) predict the future. While the past is helpful, it is not the end-all-be-all of who you are and who you’re going to be.


For example, as human beings, it’s hard to not look behind us at all our failures and subsequently paint a doomed picture of days ahead. Your failed marriage, bankrupt business or busted dream doesn’t exactly inspire you to pick up the pieces and try again. However, you gotta know that disappointment plus disappointment does not equal a life of disappointments. Your life is not a science; it is, by its very nature, unpredictable.

How do I know this? Because your life contains one of God’s most irrational, illogical, and unfathomable mysteries…


Your creative capabilities, your immeasurable endurance through tough times, your hidden potential, your capacity to love, how smart you really are… you are your most untapped resource. You have no idea what you’re capable of.


Because of this, you can change. You can rewrite your story. The past doesn’t have to be your future. It can be, frankly, whatever you want it to be.

So learn from your mistakes and move forward. Try hope, for a change. There’s an open road full of wonder waiting for you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dr Berni

    We all know this but thanks for posting it cause it really helped me this morning.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Editgrl

    Are you sure?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Umah

    I am in my late 30’s and past life incidents has made me a person i cannot identify now. I have so much of frustration, anger and sadness and I can’t get rid of it. I don’t know where to move forward to. It seems like a dead end. I just don’t know how to move forward.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment yvonne valencia

    I have to say it is sayings like this,”Your Past Is Not Your Future”.that really give me HOPE to a second chance and new beginning.A mother of 5 in my late 30’s with a unwanted prison prior,a disfunctual family,an unhealthy relationship,and a 16yr old teenage daughter who currently wishes i was never her Mother can be alot of pain with that overwhelming feeling of giving up but THANKS so DANG much for the person or persons that beleive that our past is not our future.I am really Thankful for these types of websites and inspiring stories they give me a special energy that i lack at times.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bill browning

    I am going to try to take and follow this advice and wisdom.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment g holdrege

    today I needed to read this. I try yo follow this path but sometimes life gets in the way of seeing things. thank you for these words.

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