Let Go of Yesterday, Embrace Today, Have Faith for Tomorrow

Updated on January 12, 2019
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Depth of Wisdom

Jiddu Krishnamurti is a well-known and much loved Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. You may view his photo and one of his quotes, here, above..

Human beings spend much of our lives in contemplation. Sadly for many, past mistakes and indiscretions seem to haunt and often torture us despite efforts to block them from our memory. The result can be a maddening and crippling state of being that prevents the freedom of progress to go forward to thrive in peace and happiness. Although we may have gained immeasurable wisdom and made many positive changes in our behavior and choices, the negative and harrowing experiences remain to taunt us and lock our spirit in guilt and remorse.

Surely we will cry out, "Must this be the burden we carry throughout life that we can never be truly free to thrive in this world?" "What of our dreams and our birthright to all the gifts of our Universe?" These shadows of gloom belong to each of us at one point or another. No man is untouched by troubles, mistakes or sin. We are imperfect and mortal above all else.

To break away and go forward with intention and courage requires a storm of desire from within us that awakens our senses and longs to succeed. The moment arrives when we can clearly see there is a need to fight in defense of that which belongs to us, whether we are broken or whole.

What has been done is over, no longer a bleeding wound, but we have healed and carry the scars of battle. If we look back, we need to be careful to see only that which will help us and that which reminds us of what we wish to never revisit. We have buried our foolishness and crushed our greed. We protect our goodness and honor to keep us walking that straight line. The line that will lead us to the joy intended for us. Isn't this what each and every one of us want? So then what must we do?

Letting Go of the Past

These are not just more empty words of advice, nor a flippant cliché. The sheer reality is that we must come to a place of self-forgiveness, no matter how painful, no matter how difficult. Yes we will have to go back for a moment, to recall unpleasant, embarrassing times. Those times when perhaps in our youth and lack of wisdom, we were selfish and cruel, not only to others, but even to our own self. The outrageously irrational choices we made and the bold denial we clung to against all common sense. During that crazy time in our life when all that mattered was the momentary pleasure, the bigger the better and the more self indulgent, the more we kept on that path of destruction.

To begin to heal, we must first learn to let go. We need to be willing to feel true sorrow for those we may have hurt. When possible, we must apologize with sincerity and ask for forgiveness. Only this can begin our cleansing that will free our soul to reach out with love and compassion for those we once scorned. This same compassion belongs to us too.We can learn to love ourself with a pure love and discard our wretched ego. It is only then we can find it in our heart to forgive ourself.

Once we have taken these tender steps, it is that time my friend, to bid, "Farewell," to yesterday. In our mind's eye, we may watch the past fade far and fast into a distance no longer visible. Our heart will lighten and we'll feel the newness and freshness of utter relief. The relief which brings us the freedom to move forward into new beginnings of a new and brighter day.

Leave the Past Behind/Larry Norman w/ lyrics

Brand new DAY.....TODAY!

Now. Today. Right this Moment.

The break of dawn. Sunrise is as breathtaking as the sunset, although while sunset bids farewell to another day, sunrise has an excitement like nothing else. If we listen closely, we can hear the song of hope that rises with the brightness and warmth of the sun. With arms outstretched we can reach out and touch a piece of sky. It peeks through and pull us to embrace.

Yes, hope of all the wonderful things we have in store and the people whose lives will intertwine with ours. Today is the new day dawning just for us. Its moments must not be wasted, but used for every purpose in our lives. This is our gift of starting over and beginning on a journey for which we've made so many plans. We are certain it is never too late.

Today we continue our healing and practice the words and deeds that will create our comfortable world to learn and grow, share and love. We've discovered our purpose of our existence on earth. We can hope to leave our mark on all we touch. With every step we guard against despair, ready to forbid it entry and rise above its poison.

We paid our dues and learned the lessons. This is our time to sparkle and shine. "Today," what a wonderful concept. Right now as we live and breathe.....this moment. It's ours and we embrace it.

Once more we can make our amends. For every heart we broke, we will share kindness and comfort. The sins we committed have been washed away forever and in their place we've brought talents and gifts to spread smiles and laughter where ever we go.

Gratitude overwhelms us and we say, "Thank you.....thank you.....thank you!" For this new day has made me whole again and brought me to the beauty and reality of life. No more will I cry tears of regret nor wonder who I am. I'm a child of the universe now....today, right this moment!

The Best Day of My Life

Today's Joy is Tomorrow's Memory

Because we just cannot know of tomorrow, we learn to have faith. Faith to believe that what may not have worked out quite as we'd hoped today, tomorrow allows us another chance. It is comforting to have hope in tomorrow, for all of our memories come to life tomorrow.

Tomorrow will bring us thoughts of all the days before and the continuation of yesterday's lessons! Before we close our eyes at the end of a long and busy day, we smile in the belief that "tomorrow is another gift."

One final thought I share with you my friend..... Speak these words aloud and in peace......

"Goodbye to Yesterday" "Welcome to my World, Today. I Love you." and "I Believe in the Hope of Tomorrow.".............Peace to one and all..

TOMORROW from "Annie"

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      Paula 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      eric...I'm glad to see this particular article has had a sort of re-boot. Also pleased you enjoyed it. You're most welcome. Enjoy your week-end with your precious family. Peace, Paula

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't it great to leave articles like this one on follow. But kind of freaky going back to the past to live better now. Or maybe that is not freaky. Heck as our Southwestern sun is rising my head is already behind in the day :-) I hope I don't catch up.

      So I get to say thanks again to you.

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul.....I appreciate your positive comment & am not surprised you understand and agree, By the time we reach this point in our lives, I believe we have all come to this realization. There simply is no reason nor time to live in regret nor sadness. It is truly up to us to embrace the attitude of living at peace within ourselves and with one another.

      Have a great week-end, Paul. Peace, Paula

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      What a positive article which has certainly brightened my day. As we get older, we live more in the past. To some extent, this is affecting how we live the present and plan for tomorrow. You are correct in noting that we must forgive those who have hurt us in the past and ask forgiveness for those we have harmed. Only by doing this can we live our best for today and tomorrow. Thanks for sharing a great article!

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nithya.....Thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment. It's so nice to see you. Peace, Paula

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 weeks ago from Dubai

      A great way to live life, letting go of the past, living in the present and looking forward to the future. A positive and inspirational article, came back for another read.

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks Chris! (Ask & you shall receive?)......I'll get to those articles as soon as this crazy-busy week-end has passed. You & Darby enjoy your week-end! Paula

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      Chris Mills 

      5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Paula, Heck, if you are going to ask me to post links on your comment thread, I won't refuse. First is an article that shows what I do every day for work...https://owlcation.com/stem/What-Happened-to-That-B...

      Next is the traveling part. https://hubpages.com/business/Travel-Healthcare-Pr...

      Thanks for asking.

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Chris.....Merely reading the numbers you give, I could pass out! Temps & humidity like that is nearly intolerable for me. It's enough to make me wish for Novembers in NY. That's serious!

      Have you by any chance done an article about what your career is all about? Sounds interesting to be a "Travelin Man.".....Think air-conditioning. :)

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      Chris Mills 

      5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Paula, Texas is hot in the summer, and Darby is black. Does that tell you how it's going. Top it off with the fact that I'm working nights and you'll know why I have the number of days left in this contract on the tip of my tongue...41. We've traveled to the National Grasslands about an hour north of Dallas where we camp out and go fishing. But with the heat at 97° and humidity at 85%, we tend to be rather sedentary. Looking forward to some time off in September.

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Chris....Hey, handsome....You can stop by my part of our world, any ole time you like! Thanks for coming back to read again. How's that precious fur baby of yours? Hope you guys are having wonderful adventures! Paula

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shan.....Yes, "maybe a bunch of other adjectives," but thanks for not listing them!! LOL......I've resigned myself to "patience is a virtue." Or better said, believing wholeheartedly in the moral of this article I wrote!! LOL....

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      Chris Mills 

      5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Paula, this is a powerful piece of writing. I remember when you first wrote it. I have seen several notifications for it today, so I decided to come back and read it again. I needed a tune-up. Thanks.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      She's not stubborn; she just knows what she wants! And I don't believe for a second that you are ever uninspired. Maybe a bunch of other adjectives or verbs, but not uninspired. Busy comes to mind. You will write when you want to, I'm sure. And everyone will come running to read. :)

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks, Shan....Since I haven't published anything in soooo long....I'm glad at least my oldies are getting some attention.Seems my poor muse has gone into hiding. There's no forcing her. Hard to believe she's more stubborn than I am!! Thanks for the visit.....glad you like this one! Peace, Paula

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      I keep seeing this article pop up lately in the notifications. Just saying I think it's one of my all-time favorite hubs here on HP.

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      Paula 

      5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey....You are too sweet for words, my dear friend. I'm happy you came for a visit. Your comment brought tears to my eyes, but they're "good" tears. My days are enriched by people like you. Your positive vibes are priceless. How lucky I am to know you. Peace. Paula

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Paula

      I love the title of your final capsule "Today's Joy is Tomorrow's Memory". These words are filled with wisdom. Your passion shines forth within each line drawing the reader closer to an understanding of the self...the importance of forgiveness, gratitude, love and even past mistakes.

      Today is a new day, each moment is a new opportunity to exercise our faith and bring a sense of peace to the now.

      Thank you, for being you!

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YO! Good to see ya, MzB! This is an old article but glad you visited. I'll let you know when I write something IF I write something. I've been on Pause Mode for a few months. Have no idea what happened to my muse...she quit on me for a while.

      I do think there's some sort of glitch in the system. I rarely get notices for many people I follow, so you're not alone. I read most of the stuff I do because I happen to come upon it while wandering......and Lord knows I do a whole lot of wandering!

      Take good care of yourself and visit more often. The older Vets like us seem to be dwindling little by little...slowly but surely. Don't know where the hell everyone is going, but as I browse thru my list of followers gained over the years....I am floored by how many of them haven't been around for a long long time. I just celebrated my 8th year here....and the number of old buddies who have moved on for one reason or another is startling! Hang in here with me!! LOL

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Hey Girlfriend, this old hub of yours came up in the Maven popup at the bottom of a page I was reading. Who knows, I may have read and commented on it several years ago, but I decided to read it anyway. I want to know why I never see anything of yours in my notifications. In fact, I see a lot of folks in the comments section on here that I never her from anymore.

      It seems like the same ole, same ole ones come back every week. I guess I'm going to have to stop reading poetry and visiting the forums. That's about all the notifications I get anyway. I've complained to HP about this, but it hasn't done any good.

      Anyway, hope you're doing well. After many years in a study group, I finally learned why we should learn to love ourselves and consider ourselves worthy of the creator's love. To keep believing ourselves "unworthy sinners" keeps us under somebody else's control, and that's not what life is supposed to be about. My mother-in-law lectured me one day about considering myself worthy of success. She was one dear lady, and I do miss her.

      Anyway, next time you publish, fire me an email so I'll be glad to read it. Then maybe HP will consider me worthy and put you back on my notification list. I double checked. I still follow you. Luv ya, Gal.

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      Paula 

      16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Good idea.

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      Paula 

      16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sha....Thanks for the Catology lesson. I love her so much. She's a brat and still has Kitten-craziness, but she keeps me company and makes me laugh. I'm seriously thinking of a 2nd cat but only with "her" approval. I would actually take her with me to see if she would choose a friend! LOL. I agree with you about cats. They are great fur babies. I've had at least 12 to 15 in my lifetime...all unique individuals.

      Shannon.....I can only tell you what I tell everyone and anyone~~If you can only appreciate a certain side of me but not All of me (aka, "unconditional")...then quite honestly, I'll live without your appreciation. Know what I mean, Jelly bean? I used to tell my husband, "It's E-Z to love a 24/7 Sweetheart.....tell me you love me when I'm having an off-day if you want to impress me!" LOL. I live in the REAL world. Glad you like this piece I wrote so long ago. It seems to be having a slight resurgence. My grand daughter surprised me with a kitten when I came home from the hospital. She knew I'd be needing someone to cuddle with!

      I named her "Brandy," but I usually just call her "My Baby Girl." She's crazy, Bossy & funny~~so we get along just great!....Our favorite program is "My Cat From Hell!" LOL

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      Shannon Henry 

      16 months ago from Texas

      First off, since I didn't say it the first time I read it, this is the kind of work from you that made me want to know you. I still appreciate this side of you more than you know.

      Good to know you got a cat. I thought for awhile I'd have to give mine away and I kept thinking of you because I knew you'd love them as much as I do. We've still got three kittens from that litter. Two of them are spoiled rotten and a year old now- the two I wanted to send your way when I thought my inlaws were going up your way on the truck.

      By the way, the package should have arrived and it isn't listed as a gift item so probably no post-it note included to say where it came from. Haha.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      16 months ago from Central Florida

      He's feeling your emotion, Paula and letting you know he's got your back. Cats are the most amazing people in the world. They are much like women: they don't please to please, they please because they are pleased.

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      Paula 

      16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      loannis....I thank you for stopping by to read one of my works. Your flattery & appreciation have made my day. It's nice to meet you and I look forward to reading what you have to offer.

      Have a wonderful evening. Peace, Paula

      Sha:

      Thanks for the surprise visit, girlfriend. Yes, I love that line loannis shared...."one day happier".....a beautiful concept. The older I get, believe me, the further I reach for all things positive. No time for disappointment, despair nor depressing thoughts!

      LOL...as I write this, my kitty cat is sitting behind me, patting my back with his little paw...wonder what's on his mind?? It's the small, precious moments that make me smile.....Hugs, Paula

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      It is a great honour to me, dear Shauna, your kind words. Especially when they come from a bravewarrior who I admire.

      Thank you and God Bless you too.

      Sean

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      16 months ago from Central Florida

      Paula, it's so great to see your words still inspire and evoke. I love Ioannis's line, "Today, I decide to become one day happier!"

      That should be everyone's mantra.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Well done, dear Paula! An amazing article from a great Soul.

      I admire your work, is so full of Love!

      Let me express my gratitude with one of my quotes:

      "Today, I decide to become one day happier!"

      God Bless you!

      Sean

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      Kari Poulsen 

      23 months ago from Ohio

      I am in the process of letting go of the past. The good part is I do not have a lot of anger or resentment to get over. This makes it easier, in my book. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. :)

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      Paula 

      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Typo!! Arghhhhh! I HATE typos! But even your correction isn't quite right! LOL.

      Have to fix it now or I'll not come back & do it! Know what else I hate? Getting dragged out of bed for a certain canine who decides he just has to go at 3 am! It's like his magical hour! He is lucky Mom has love and compassion for him!!

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      Shannon Henry 

      23 months ago from Texas

      I guess I found this through Jackie's comment. I agree with her that letting go of the past can be hard. I used to be good at it, but list it somewhere along the way. Now I let go and all the wrong thoughts reappear. Maybe one day I'll get it right.

      Had no intention of commenting, but the title caught my attention enough to read. And I saw a typo I thought you might want to know about. In the section about the past "to reach out to love and compassion"...should be "to reach out with love and compassion."

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      Paula 

      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL....I hear you, Jackie. Nothing & no one is worth our time fretting and regretting. Just be done with them!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      23 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh that letting go of the past is a hard one! It is doable though and I have done it. I can still think of ways I have been done wrong without my blood pressure going up at all. I just let it go!

      I still do get indignant about certain wrongs but most of that is political and none of it keeps me awake at night. Life in turmoil is just not worth living. If a chip tries to get on my shoulder I just put some dip on it and eat it. But then that is a completely different problem! lol

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      aesta.....I do know of what you speak....sincerely. Try someday to approach this dilemma as a stranger to yourself. At least to have as objective an opinion as possible. Keep in the forefront of your mind that you too are a human being, capable of mistakes, failures and disappointments. Do this until it begins to feel a bit more comfortable & allow yourself time for it to seep into your subconscious. Don't try to force anything.

      If you are not successful aesta, so be it. It is most important that you have been forgiven by others.... You are loved. Paula

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I find forgiving myself the hardest to do even if I understand it is crippling and even if the ones I have hurt have long forgiven me.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ps.....It is evident that you & yours are examples of hope & love in your daily lives. I wish you well always & keep you in my thoughts. Your strength is a testament of faith & courage.

      Have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Paula

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      So well said....we in my family have tried to live this way...and most days we are successful but because we are human we do slip from time to time. But this is a beautiful sharing and gives hope and encouragement to those who come here to read.

      Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Angels are on the way to you ps

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Wonderful hub and so very useful.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hello Perspy...always good to see you my friend. I pour out straight from the soul to the page......never yellow pads. just proof reads & edit.

      Thank you so much for the words of praise. Which of us doesn't need encouragement?

      Yes, Perspy...let's hope together for a better, more peaceful tomorrow. I'm right there with you. Hugs, Paula

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      And now (24 months later) it is time for another self-help missive from your self-examining keyboard (are your drafts from there, too, or from pencils applied to yellow legal pads?)

      You rock when you delve thoughtfully into these "chapters of our lives" and aren't outdoors walking the dogs for more inspiration from the great NW New York State woods.

      More delving, please, now that we can stroll into our future with less tripidation.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bruce...What a pleasant surprise to see you again! So good to know you are moving with grace and wisdom on your spiritual path. I understand the warmth & comfort of keeping our dear old friends in our minds & hearts.

      When I first signed on here over 5 yrs ago now, I couldn't have known the incredibly wonderful people I would get to know and love. There are more gifts of friendship, compassion and hope in the pages we share with one another, than can ever be imagined. I'm so grateful.

      Take care sweet man and do visit again! Peace, Paula

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      2 years ago from Asheville NC

      Dear Miss Paula!

      I can see you haven't forgotten how to inspire the masses! It was good to read your work again. I have been traveling through the shadows of my past for some time now in an effort to learn what it is I am to remember and what I am to forget. I decided not to throw it all away as there are nuggets hidden in the coal which are still destined to be diamonds.

      In any case, it was enriching to walk down this memory lane noting some of the landmark people in my short lived literary life. I am deeply grateful to be able to read your inspirational work and mindful that each one of us has a valuable perspective on living. Thank you for sharing yours and may the blessings of the Source of All Being be upon you!

      See you again one day when I remember the past I surrendered to and I join you in the present I am in!

      With fondness,

      Born2care

      Bruce

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hello & Thank you for your visit. Learning from the past is a must, I agree. I feel fortunate in that in my own personal life, I take this quite seriously. I am not one to repeat anything that resulted in failure or caused grief & regret. Once is more than enough for me to accept the lessons learned and make certain I go forward with new and more positive plans.

      I think we've all heard the phrase: "If we keep doing what we've been doing, we can expect the results to be the same, time after time." It's said that this is the definition of insanity.

      Have a great day, Patrick. Peace, Paula

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      Patrick 

      3 years ago from Nairobi

      Like they say- There is no time like the present. But we should always learn from the past to avoid making the same mistakes over and over.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Happylovejoy.....I thank you for such a welcome compliment! Please do stop by anytime. Peace, Paula

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      Kawai 

      3 years ago from Singapore

      Your writing has a very calming effect. Look forward to reading more! =)

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks Sam. I appreciate your interest. Peace, Paula

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      Sam Shepards 

      3 years ago from Europe

      Great intro on this hub! I love Krishnamurti's work!

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Amazing" is a very nice word to add!! I knew you'd think of something, Ed....you always do. Thank you.. :) Hugs, Paula

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      ahorseback 

      3 years ago

      Holy Molly ! Look at the responses here . What can I possibly add to all this above Paula !?!?, Okay ......amazing !.....Ed

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val.....Thank you for paying me a visit and appreciating my work. I'm always happy to see a friend & fellow-writer.

      I am grateful for the compliments & kind words.. Peace, Paula

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      Vladimir Karas 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Paula...As I am reading these words of wisdom I just wish it was only a beginning of a book - one of those that we end up falling asleep with because we couldn't let go of it. And as those first birds compete with bright sunshine to wake us up, we wonder - wasn't that the part of what we just read about last night? And is it for some sweet inspiration that all of a sudden we want to make the coming day feel like the first birthday of the rest of our life? Thank you for that feeling, bella.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I just emerged from a little spin in the dryer. Great idea SAM! What to I do about the 20 lumps on my head? WHEW! Good thing I don't have a brain. I might have done some damage!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awww Effer...I cannot imagine and do not want to imagine because then I get cold chills. It is 43* here this morning, which is frigid to me, but will warm up soon. Toss a blanket in the dryer for extra warmth. Actually toss yourself in the dryer too! :))

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I'm convinced you have ESP! I hope that Sunshine you sent gets here NOW! My brand new heating system is giving me a problem.....I have 3 layers of clothes on, a scarf, hat and gloves on...IN THE HOUSE!

      Winter took a long time getting here. Tell you what. IT IS HERE NOW IN FULL FORCE. Yaaaaay Western NY. It never fails!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Effer, I'm sending you some Florida sunshine! Stay warm. Smile often. Sing loudly. Cuss as needed. Ha! :)

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Eric.....Thank you for visiting. I'm happy to see you found my work enticing. If I may say so, I think you are quite an example of the virtues of treasuring the moment. Peace, Paula

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I never grow tired of messages extolling the virtue of living today. You did a marvelously enticing job here. You make me want to do as you suggest - thanks a whole lot!

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And Thank YOU, Bobby~ for appreciating my work. I am humbled. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! Peace, Paula

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      Robert Morgan 

      3 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ

      Paula, Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have written a truly inspiring hub. God bless you. Bobby

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      geri...So nice of you to come by to visit and comment. It's nice to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your work. "Happy New Year." Peace, Paula

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      Geri McClymont 

      3 years ago

      I appreciate and am inspired by your article. It is so true that we cannot really move on in life without letting go of the past, and a big part of that is forgiving others as well as ourselves, as your article indicates. Thank you for highlighting focusing on tomorrow rather than dwelling on the past -- a good lesson for all of us!

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vellur......And I hope your life is filled with "Inspiration." Thank you for your visit. Always good to see you. Peace, Paula

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Letting go is not easy, once we learn to let go we feel happy and it is like unloading a burden off our shoulders. Positive and inspiring, love the way you have finished your article.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      peach....I'm afraid I have not seen that movie but have heard all good reviews. Thanks for your comment!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Have you seen the movue UP? You will know that letting go the past is the only way to carry on

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      The results (both positive & negative) of our mistakes have a tendency to move along with us through life. This isn't always bad. They have their place in our lives as long as we keep them where they belong...in the past.

      What's been done & said is a past chapter, to be remembered when needed, but never rehashed. We trip and fall, come to recognize how and why.....learn, grow and move forward as a better, wiser person.

      We cannot ask for more than this and probably shouldn't. There is so much more to us and a lifetime of knowledge to gain. Releasing ourselves from the traps that might bind us is our right as well as our responsibility. Life awaits us and we have value....

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Catherine. Peace, Paula

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      Catherine Giordano 

      4 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks for this hub. I was particularly struck by your quote, "You can't start the next chapter of your life, if you keep rereading the last one. I think far too often about the mistakes I have made. I must remember to keep my focus on the present and future. I am not familiar with Krishnamurti. I think I should be.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sounds like you have experienced that precious "A-HA! Moment." It may be slow to come but is welcomed & appreciated nonetheless.

      For as I believe what really matters to us at any given present moment is "Today." From this moment forward.

      Yes Cam, our entire existence makes up who we are...as we have traveled this journey called life, our footprints follow.

      It's beyond cathartic to reach that sunrise when we awaken to confess, "Yes, I have a good life."......Peace Always Chris, Paula

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Paula, These are profound thoughts. I remember a moment of waking up after a long period of darkness. I was literally walking toward the sunrise when I told myself, quite unexpectedly, that "I have a good life." That sounds pretty weak here, but the self imposed darkness I was emerging from had been brutal. I've learned some of the lessons you have shared here. One of the most important is that "I will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it." All of it, the good and the bad, are part of me. I accept them, but don't dwell on them, and move on. I'm at peace with myself now, and that is a wonderful feeling. Thanks for opening the door to this conversation.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      blue....The individual who truly learns a complete lesson at the first opportunity, hasn't been born yet. This may account for why the purest wisdom is associated with "age & or at least years of experiences."

      The reality is we never reach that moment when we can stop learning, nor should we.

      It is perfectly OK to indulge in "ourselves" at all times. To know one's self is just as lengthy a journey as learning to know others.

      It's when we have a clearer picture of our own essence & capacities that we can give these to others.

      So you see, you're really on the right track blue. Be kinder to yourself. Thanks for the visit. I'm always happy to see you. Paula

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      somethgblue 

      4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yeah and sometimes I get to learn my lessons over and over again, kind makes you wonder if it is really sinking in.

      Remember it is always just about me but occasionally I think of others and that is when I grow the most.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And thank YOU for reading, Peg. I got a bit deep on this one. It was one of those days I reached down really deep....and came up with the lessons I've learned the hard way through the years....which no doubt, you can surely relate to in more ways than one...

      Yes, we are here to learn as well as teach once our wisdom is proven solid and true..

      There's only one small catch. Each person must learn for themselves and the best we can do is try to guide and protect.

      Peace & love to you Peg...........Paula

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      "We have healed and carry the scars of battle."

      "This is our gift of starting over and beginning on a journey for which we've made so many plans. We are certain it is never too late."

      "We paid our dues and learned the lessons."

      All, great quotes from your powerful and important message. I believe that we are here to learn, even from our mistakes, how to be better people everyday. Thank you for sharing this wisdom and insight.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      4 years ago from Orlando Florida

      A very wise and beautiful essay. We can't hear it to often. I loved the posters you included. Very inspirational. thanks for starting off my day with some positive energy. Voted up++

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Chris.....I'm happy that you feel inspired by my words. That was my hope in sharing this. Have a wonderful Sunday. Peace, Paula

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      Krzysztof Willman 

      4 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I actually feel a lot better after reading this. There's a lot of beauty and hope that's shared within this piece that it gives me another version of peace. Excellent hub thank you for writing this I loved it.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      aesta.....Oh yes, I appreciate your point.....often it IS a decision we're very sorry we had made.....That really hits HOME, my friend. Thanks for your interest in my work...

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am enjoying the personality behind your writing. Sometimes, it's not even mistakes, it's the decisions we have taken which may have hurt others. In my experience, those people have long forgiven me but I just can't forgive myself. What helps is I just no longer think about it and when I do I just pat myself in a gesture of forgiveness. I have read Khrisnamurti and love it.

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      swilliams 

      4 years ago

      Your good humor a big piece of Heaven on earth! Continued Blessings! Keep sharing your gift of love through JOY! Very much needed! :)

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL!! Thank you. I blush when people say nice things to me. I'm told I'm amazing all the time, but the people telling me are usually shaking their head back & forth and throwing their hands in the air from disbelief....ya know, it's a little different than your tone......

      My late husband, bless his heart was usually sweet about it...his favorite was......"You are definitely an odd duck, honey with your own waddle!!" I don't know, what would you think?? LMAO!!

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      swilliams.....I skipped right over you, didn't I? Forgive me.....if for no other reason, have mercy on the aging!!

      Good to see you again, even if it takes me a while to wake up!

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      swilliams 

      4 years ago

      You are amazing! Keep up the meaningful work!!!:)

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      need of the hour

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      Paula!

      Yes, I am originally born and raised in Erie. I know exactly where Mill Creek is. Our family lived in that area. And I worked at the Mill Creek Mall at one point in the early 90's. :-) I moved to Ky 13 years ago this June! :( Heaven help me! They have lots of snow up there now, so the family is calling all upset that we have just cold weather and few snow flurries. wow! It is a small world! I graduated from Central High School. :-) Big hugs! (((((((((((((( Paula ))))))))))))

      By the way, I was laughing about your "quota for one topic". :-)

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks so much Jo. I realized this hub was similar to the one Good Words hub I wrote, after the fact. So, I guess I've written my quota for one topic!! LOL Glad you stopped by. Before I forget, where did I get the idea that you live in Erie Pa? I swore that I read that somewhere and I thought I had told you that I lived in Mill Creek for 2 yrs back in the '80's. Oh well, I guess I'm confusing you with someone else. Nothing new for me!! LOL

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      I very much enjoyed reading this. Your choice of songs was just super!

      Great wisdom and advice. This is just so precious, just like you are! :-)

      Shared and Up all the way..beautiful, useful, interesting and awesome

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      It's uplifting to know that you found inspiration in my words. Surely this is one of the reasons we share our thoughts with one another. Coming from such an incredibly talented & prolific writer, I am flattered!...Thank you, Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Paula, this is my first read of the day and I needed the inspiration that I got from this labor of love. When I read this it reminded me of the song "One Day at a Time" and I love the song and I love your hub.

      Voted up UABI and shared.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      If it wasn't a saying before, Audrey, it's certainly one I'll keep in my heart from now on. Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment. Peace, Paula

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I am reminded by this post of the old saying that we forgive others so that we can forgive ourselves--at least I think it is a saying- there is a lot of wisdom here!

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      swilliams 

      4 years ago

      What an uplifting article! Thank you for sharring inspiring quotes speakers that I have not heard of such as, Jiddu Krishnamurti . And of course I am a fan of Annie the movie and the hit song ,"Tomorrow." Well-Done! Voted up and tweeted out!

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Diana...Thanks so much. It's always so good to see your beautiful smile and read your input. I apologize for not visiting as much as I used to. I'm trying to get back in the swing. Much love, P

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      This is a great write and full of wisdom for readers. I learned to let go of those things I cannot change through "hard knocks" and I hope readers understand it is much easier to learn this lesson early on. I love the quotation on ceasing to re-read the chapter in order to move on.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ROFLMAO....DJ....LOL...damn you...I so wish we had SOUND on HP. When I saw you had popped up again, spying on my midnight interludes....making the same comment as you did before....I friggan lost it..

      You're like the Nightmare Mother-in-law......OMG LMAO.. Honestly, I can't stop laughing. Your sense of humor just gets me

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And just where have you been young man? Bruce, I haven't seen you in months. Thanks for the welcome visit.

      Well..you know friend...these trails we walk and bridges we cross, mountains we climb...are not one-time events. More often than not we find ourselves in the same places as before. Then we go back to the drawing board, pull out the directions and diagrams to RE-try.

      I think perhaps this is how some of us get stronger and go further as time goes on......we keep on going, no matter what. You know this as I do.....very well. (smile)

      Peace to you and yours....Paula

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Paula, for the reminder that there is always too much past and never enough now! I so enjoyed reading and listening to this hub. Surrendering the past and focusing on the now are two very, very difficult tasks. Yet, your words seem to make it so attractive.

      Thank you for expressing what I am feeling!

      Four stars and a Woohooo!

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      For Heaven's sake, "Get a room!"

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Such a naughty boy....Isn't this the sort of stuff the Espionage Staff uses against us in a court of law, after reading us our Miranda rights?

      I promise. I'll never ask for translations again....in public.

      Where ever you disappeared to blue, you certainly came back stronger, healthier & bolder than ever. Good thing you don't frighten me. I'm only scared of grizzly bears...not teddy bears. For Heaven's sake, try to be nice.....or proper...or reticent..... Forget it, just be you.

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      somethgblue 

      4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Meaning

      Delighted.

      Origin

      tickled pinkThe tickling here isn't the light stroking of the skin - it's the figurative sense of the word that means 'to give pleasure or gratify'. The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough to make the recipient glow with pleasure - (see also in the pink

      Now let's see what part of the body would produce such a sensation . . . could it be a foot message . . . are we getting warmer, perhaps we could move a little higher . . . could it be referring to a particular G-spot, hmmm!

      These kinds of explanations require more of a hands on approach, how far do you live away from me?

      Just saying!

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