A brief encouragement today.
We often hear “Your future is not determined by your past or your present.” But let me add that while that statement is true in many circumstances, I would add, your present might need to change in order to have certain choices in the future.
We buy into these popular “rah, rah” types of sayings and forgot there is usually a counterpoint. It is true that we can begin anew in many ways. Certainly, Christians believe that. But much of the “beginning again” will by influenced by our past. There may be more obstacles to overcome to reach our goal and we’ve all read inspiring stories of those who’ve done just that.
However, we need to be realistic when we throw out these statements to people as some sort of magic formula, that just by repeating the words, it makes it happen. I try to be very careful on this blog when I write about mental health issues and how, for the most part, I’ve overcome my depression. I make it very clear that it was nothing short of hard work and the hard work continues. I’ve made some of that work harder than necessary because of poor choices. I will make some of that work a little harder tomorrow if I make poor choices today. (By the way, I am referring mostly here to the choices I make in how I think. Controlling my thinking is mostly surely my “thorn in the side”. That’s true for almost anyone about anything.)
I certainly believe that my past depressions do not determine my future but they have certainly shaped it. And unless I make some changes and learn some things each time my nemesis attacks, I am deciding in advance the return of more episodes or at the very least I’m determining their severity.
So today, have hope for the future, yes, but remember you are in many ways the determiner of your future by the choices you make today. I choose to live a full life today, without regrets and with integrity.
God bless and I hope you have a good day.