"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
So true. No matter how hard we try, we can't go back.
Can we look at the flipped pages of the calendar and glean wisdom? Gosh, I certainly hope so. No, I know so.
But will I?
So many times when I listen to individuals, and I mean really listen to the heart behind their words, I hear a yearning desire to go back to the day before today.
The day before that last kiss.
The day before those first steps.
The day before that last first day.
The day before that horrid mistake.
The day before those words were spoken.
The day before that diagnosis was made.
The day before the betrayal.
The day before goodbye.
The day before.
But history took the day before today, folded the hours neatly into its pages, and left us with the consequences—good, bad, and ugly.
Yet, we woke up this morning empowered to choose.
Don't ignore yesterday. It happened. Many of them happened. And time dictates their numbers will continue to grow as long as the sun rises and sets.
Look back, squint your eyes if you have to, and piece through what worked and what didn't. Celebrate the successes of those who have gone before, trailblazers who did their part in the weaving process of who we are. Try to understand the pulled threads, those decisions that threatened to unravel us and step up to strengthen the ties that bind. Show gratitude and regret.
But, move forward. Move past the day before today. Simply because we must.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.