Does LETTING go of your MEMORIES allow YOU to OPEN up to the FUTURE??

United States
May 1, 2007 9:46am CST
While going through old kids clothes recently, there were so many memories, so hard to let go. But there is also so much future to miss when we don't let go of the past. Memories are wonderful. They are an inspiration. But we must let go of the past if we are to move ahead into the future. Sometimes that seems scary. Every moment that we now treasure in our memories was once an exciting step into the future. Turn around. Face forward. Take another exciting step into the future.
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@ESKARENA1 (18296)
1 May 07
I think it depends if the past is positive or negative. If it is positive you can use it as a blue print for the future, if it is a negative thing you must let go because it can really drag you down, as i well know blessed be
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
1 May 07
To me if all was positive in your life then you have led a sheltered life and not really lived. You have to have the bad or negative things to really appreciate the positive and good things. I have learned from both the positive and the negative things that have come my way in life. I hope this makes sense, I feel like I am just talking in circles. hahaha Have a great day everyone.
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@ESKARENA1 (18296)
6 May 07
thank you for best response much appreciated blessed be
• Philippines
1 May 07
There are memories that we need to let go of and there are those that we have to treasure for if we let go of it we might lose a part of who we are.. I would like to leave the bad experiences in my life and open up for possibilities to come as I cannot dwell in the past. We must go forward for there is nowhere to go but forward.. unless we have a time machine from BACK TO THE FUTURE..
• India
5 May 07
I really don't think that it is a must to let go of your memories of the days that have gone by. Unless of course, the memories had been painful. My mother has preserved a great many pieces of clothing that I and my sister wore, when we were kids, and in they were in such good condition that my sister actually used them for her own kid, bringing back memories of her own childhood. I too have a great many tokens of my childhood and teen years that I wouldn't let go, for anything. However, there was a portrait that I had a friend of mine draw, of me and my then girlfriend, that I had no heart to hold on to. It would just make me feel bitter and sad that the relationship didn't work, so I gave it away to a friend of mine, to keep for me. Maybe, someday, when I'm much older, I can take it back and preserve it for posterity.
@gberlin (3836)
2 May 07
I think that memories of the past are fine as long as we don't dwell on the past. My kids gave my wife and I a most wonderful Christmas gift. It was pictures of them from Chrismases past sitting on different Santas laps. They put it together into a scrapbook. It is absolutely great! I enjoy the memories of when they were young and the things we did but I also am excited about where they are going now in their lives.
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
1 May 07
you should never let go of a memory, just as you should never hold on to a memory, living in the past so to speak, is detrimental for your future and present life. But if you forget the past, let go of it completely, then it holds you back also, so you have to know where to start. Looking back at the past once in a while, it won't cause any issue in your life, it'll only help you out, because remembering things, keeps you from making the same mistakes, reminds you of the answers you once got, and pushes you to make things better. Living in the past though as you said, will stall you from moving forward and making the changes in your life that are necessary. So what i'm trying to say is the best way to move forward, and open up to the future as you put it, is to remember, but not live in the past.
• United States
1 May 07
I don't have a problem throwing out the kids old clothes - but I have a process. The stuff I don't care for that I dont think anyone else could use, I throw away. The stuff that is still in good shape but I don't care for, I give away. The stuff that I like but is too wrecked(stains, tears, etc) to give away, I turn into quilt material.
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
1 May 07
I am my own worst memory in that I cling on the memories and mostly bad memories and I do dwell on them, I just wish they could be put to rest. I guess it's the way my brain/mind works, it's all about reprogramming and getting rid of the negative tape which is playing constantly in your mind. Yes I do have great memories of the past but they seem to be deluged into a pot of bad memories where only the bad ones stand out! If I could put the past to rest then yes the future would open up to me!