I was watching the news last night and they had a veteran talk about what it was like being a POW in the Korean War. I was amazed at how positive this guy's outlook on life is and what incredible energy he had emitting from his being.
He had said something very poignant yet simple when referring to the severe circumstances he had to survive being a prisoner for more than a handful of years in the worst of conditions:
"Yesterday's but a memory; tomorrow's but a vision."
Pretty intense if you think about it, isn't it?
I thought about it a great deal after he had said it. I even wrote it down.
To me, it means that no matter where you are in life right now, none of your past really makes a difference at all. Each day, you can choose to start from scratch and turn over a new leaf, if you will, because the past is nothing more than a memory and means nothing else.
The future is a vision...and really nothing more; that is, unless you actually do something more than just dream about having a different future.
It's not enough to merely wish you had something different. It's required to inject strong intensions in changing your life along with implementing some type of viable action plan to pull it off.
Am I reading too much into his simple words?
I don't think so.
You can choose to let go of bad things that have happened in the past including failures, rejections, and anything else that didn't work out as planned in your life. And you can let go of all this at any time by simply focusing on a new vision for how you'd like your future to become.
Turning to your future, it's nothing more than how you envision it. A vision, of course, is nothing by itself without a plan and action to go along with it. But the powerful thing about the future is that it truly can be whatever you want it to be.
Two things you need to figure out right now:
1) What "bad things" of your past do you need to let go of right now?
2) What is your future vision for yourself?
Just food for thought.
Happy Memorial Day!
See you at the top!