The Past

–Thoughts, Words, And Wisdom

It is often said that we should let go of the past and move on, leaving it behind.  This sounds good and leads us to believe that from that point on life will be great.  Perhaps the past is not in a hurry to be forgotten.  It could be that we have not learned our lesson or that maybe we have more to learn.  Perhaps we gave up too soon and we would be leaving behind an important lesson meant to shape our life.

I always thought that my experiences were like new tools that I could add to my toolbelt keeping them near for a time that I might need them.  While in time some tools may become dated and replaceable, I would place them in my memory box.  It may be that many years from now I take one out only to find it is obsolete as a tool, yet the memory of finding it so many years later is still valuable as a lesson learned.

The past is not in a hurry to be forgotten, and it would claim that it is our archive of knowledge, resources, roadmaps, and wisdom.  Then claiming equal billing with our future, it seems to truly be in a hurry to arrive with all that is new.  The future is bright, promising, teasing, tantalizing, and bids us to leave all behind and recklessly embrace the possibility of things to come.

If we are wise, we will pause and reflect on what we will need to have going forward and what we can put away in our memory box.  We must travel light, be bold, fearless, and step into the void without fear, but like the past, we need not be in a hurry.

We should not race toward the future with expectation.  The future comes on its own accord.



Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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  1. Wow Larry I never really thought about all this. I do carry the past with me but I don’t dwell on it. I take what I can use and leave the rest. I agree there’s alot to be learnt in past experiences. I really like your perspective on this. Travel light as to not have to much garbage in your trunk.
    We know where we have been so it’s comfortable because we can’t see into the future. But no matter it will unfold on its own. Great article and topic for discussion.

    • I like this one. I think many people clutter their life and are never happy. I need little, and perhaps even less than that

  2. Thank you my friend. Your kindness and encouragement is always appreciated. I think for me my life lesson is to leave the clutter behind and to embrace the beauty of the moment, savoring it’s essence and never be in a hurry to see the future

  3. I appreciate the wisdom offered here as there’s much learning to glean from the past-and some of us walk around the mountain several times to experience different lessons-hopefully, these come in softer, less hostile ways-yet, they often do arrive as we are healing layers and completing unhealthy patterns. Thank you so much for the encouragement to learn from direct experiences from the past and continue to create a brighter future-to also be here now. As you so beautifully state it “the future comes on its own accord.” Yes it does. Thank you, my friend.