I recently came across this quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer which aptly encapsulates the role of the past:
“The past is a trail you leave behind, much like the wake of a speedboat. That is, it’s a vanishing trail temporarily showing you where you were. The wake of a boat doesn’t affect its course–obviously it can’t since it appears behind the boat. So consider this image when you exclaim that your past is the reason you aren’t moving forward.”
If we stop telling ourselves the story that the past has indelibly affected our present and future, and begin to perceive the past as Dr. Dyer suggests, as nothing more than a trail showing where we’ve been, then there is no limit as to where we can steer our lives in this very moment.
The past has no power over our present and future, UNLESS we give it power. It is simply a “vanishing trail” showing where we’ve been, and as such, it has no ability to determine or impact our present choices or future possibilities.
Are you ready to put the past in perspective? If so, step back and look at the story you’ve believed about the past and its power in your life. Then realize that it’s just a story. Choose to replace that old story with this new image — of you as a power boat moving forward in life, and the past as a temporary wake marking where you’ve just been.
Grab hold of the wheel of your life and steer it in the direction you choose, knowing that you’re always free to choose a different path at any time. Follow your internal GPS to know which way to go, and feel the freedom that comes from putting the past in perspective.