Remember roll call as a student in your elementary school? Your teacher would call out the names of each student, one by one, until all were present and accounted for in the classroom. You had to pay attention so you didn’t miss it when your name was called. You had to proudly declare, “here!” or, “present!” to demonstrate to class and your teacher that you were there.
Consider this your grown-up roll call…. Are you paying attention? Are you here, ready to declare “present,” when your name is called in life?
When your mind worries about the future, when your guilt hangs in the past, you’re not paying attention. And you’re going to miss your name being called repeatedly by life’s opportunities because you aren’t paying attention in class (class = life, I know, deep huh?). But it’s true!
You can’t change the past, so why would you choose to re-live it?
You can only apologize for the wrongs you’ve committed and attempt to right them. You can only forgive the people you feel have wronged you and move forward so they can, too. Just like yesterday’s post, you can’t hope for forgiveness without you too forgiving. You can’t heal with guilt or hate or judgment. Forgive others to heal yourself. It’s the only thing that works.
What are some old ways of thinking you can let go of today? What’s a mean ‘ol story you keep repeating in your head? How (or with whom) are you reliving the same lesson, over and over again, but not learning anything from? Don’t keep yourself on the repeat button, change everything and move on from your history repeating. Break the cycle. Stop repeating lessons you are ready to evolve from.
Put your faith in you. Put your faith in moving to new lessons.
Change your future, here in the present moment, by letting go of your past.