We can’t understand today if we don’t have the courage to look at where we are coming from. Whether we want to know or not, we are coming from somewhere.
We have done positive and negative things in the past. We like to think about the positive things that we have done. We don’t like to think about the negative things that we have done in the past. Why is that? Positive things make us feel good, and negative things, on the other hand, make us feel bad about ourselves.
We can’t learn from our mistakes if all we do is to focus on the positive things. It is good to focus on the positive side of things, but it is dangerous to ignore our mistakes. We learn more from mistake than success. ‘We learn more from failure than success.’
But if we really want to know what we have done wrong, why they were wrong, and how to prevent them from happening again, we MUST face our failures. Without that, we can’t have the full picture of our past.
“You can’t move forward if you don’t know where you are coming from.”
Pearl S. Buck said, “One faces the future with one’s past.” You cannot separate yourself from your past. It is a part of your life. Now, what does it mean to learn from the past?
Learning from the past will prepare you to handle tomorrow’s problems. By understanding your past, you will learn more about your mistakes, your failures, your successes, and you will learn how to prevent your past mistakes from happening again.
You can’t move forward if you don’t know where you are coming from. So to move forward, you must study your past.
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”– Pearl S. Buck, writer