When I think about it, there are events that transpired in my past that I would “love to fix.” There are things in my life that were embarrassing, hurtful, demeaning and challenging to me that I wish I just could “erase or eliminate” from my memory banks. Some of you may feel the say way. It might have been past relationships that didn’t pan out right, bad business decisions, painful losses or anything else that you considered to be traumatic in your life. However, if you “did” manage to find a way to “delete” your bad past, would it make you any better? Whether we want to admit it or not, we are a product of our environment and our past. Everything that we encountered in life helped to make us what (and who) we are today. People who were brought up in a rich environment usually have no clue what it’s like to struggle financially. Those who were brought up in violent surroundings only know about that way of life. Those who are devotedly religious were “taught” to be that way. While many of us wish we could change our past life experiences would it really help or hurt us? If you love yourself the way you are, then all the good AND the bad things that you encountered in your life helped to make you this way. No human is perfect even though we all tend to strive for perfection. While many of us wish we could eradicate the mistakes we made in life the “best” we can do is take steps to improve our present and our future. When you think about it, you can’t truly appreciate success until you know what it’s like to fail. The greatest of satisfactions usually come from conquering the greatest of obstacles. You don’t have to be “proud” of the things you have done. However, if you can manage to let your past inspire or motivate you to improve your situation then you are maximizing your potential to aspire to a higher plane. Yes, there will be roadblocks in life. There will be detours and blockages that will impede your progress. As long as you still live you still have hope. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What you do with it just might determine what direction you are headed. Stop focusing on the past (especially when it can no longer help you) and take the steps needed to ensure your future. In the end you just might be glad you did… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.