Lessons: Past, Present, and Future

LessonsThe following quote left me with a question. “One day at a time, this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future for it is yet to come.” Must we dismiss the past and the future in order to fully live in the present? I believe that all three—past, present, and future provide valuable teaching opportunities. The following quote hits the target for me: “Learn from the past; prepare for the future; live in the present” (Thomas S. Monson). Although I shouldn’t wallow or grieve indefinitely in the past, I must not leave it behind without learning valuable lessons from it. My firm belief is that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana). This is a profound truth. “There are great lessons to be learned from the past, and we need to learn from them so that [we] don’t exhaust strength repeating past mistakes and bad choices” (M. Russell Ballard). I want to examine my past, both good and poor choices, and apply this learning to illuminate my future. I can then move forward with greater light and confidence. But I will live in the present, cherishing each moment of life.

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