“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.” Sophia Loren
Instead of yearning to relive our yesterdays, be grateful for the tools that we have learned to help us embrace the potential that lies in our present. Instead of blocking painful memories of the past, appreciate the gifts of compassion that we have gathered from those moments that will help us to approach life from a different perspective. Instead of mourning the times where we felt safe and secure, give thanks for the courage that we have mustered to help move us forward to fulfill our dreams.
Our fond memories remind us of the lives of loved ones that have touched us deeply and left their distinct mark on our hearts. Our challenging memories remind us that we can get through even the most difficult circumstances. In both aspects, our memories are there to empower and liberate us to experience an amazing life, nothing less. So when we are grateful for the profound highs as well as for the difficult lows, we get to choose to empower ourselves with the knowledge that the lesson learned from each makes us who we are. By embracing each and every experience in life and not getting stuck in the negative, we are sure to become stronger and more liberated to enjoy the present where we will have many more opportunities to meet more amazing people and encounter a world of such amazing things. We have the choice to live a life bolstered by the memories of our past or not. When we build upon the positive frequencies of our memories, we decide to believe in a strong foundation built upon positive building blocks that will support our lives for years to come. And upon that place of strength, we can empower our present with amazing memories of times gone by and people who have blessed us with their presence. If we embrace the joy, our reward will be an even greater love for life along the way. As Dr. Seuss so eloquently stated, then we will choose to “smile because it happened.”