One of the major causes of depression is always dwelling our minds on the missed opportunities or the many chances we didn’t take in the past. Little wonder the scripture instructs us to forget the past and turn our backs on the former things we had lost, the missed chances or opportunities.
Folks whatever your past has been, forget it. Because always going back to the past can cast a shadow on the present, and cause us to live in sadness, and in ingratitude. “There’s nothing more foolish, nothing more wicked than to drag the skeletons of the past, the hideous images, the foolish deeds, the unfortunate experiences of yesterday into today’s work to mar and spoil it.”
For some of us, this is why our relationships don’t ever work. I remember a time I was in a relationship with someone who always stores up all my “sins” and misdeeds of the past and reel them out anytime I wrong her. She will remind me of what I did a month, a year ago and so on. And I always thought to myself that if God acted this way with us, will we ever be alive today?
There are people who are stuck in the past. Physically they are in 2015, but their minds are still in 2014, or way back in 2005, when they failed an examination, or an interview, or when their spouse left them. They keep brooding over the events and blame themselves for everything that went wrong. Folks the fact that we failed once or twice, or thrice…even repeatedly in our lives doesn’t make us failures. Imagine the wonders we could do with our lives if we only forgot the past. If we could be courageous enough to shut the door on our past mistakes or failures and start our lives afresh.
Have you missed a golden opportunity? Don’t worry others will come. Don’t buy into the belief that “Opportunity comes only ones in our lives.” Because as long as you are alive, life’s going to present you with new opportunities, but you need to clear your mind of the negative thinking; the anger; the frustration; the sadness; the pessimism in order to realize them.
Remember, you were created for greatness. But no one can achieve greatness unless he or she is in a happy state of mind. We do our best work in life when we are happy. Worry, anger, and frustration, are all enemies of achievement. They drain our energies and we must get rid of them if we want to live our greatest lives.