Forward Hope

Zechariah Newman —  November 14, 2013 — 5 Comments

How is your goal or dream chasing going? When you are headed up a huge mountain there are going to be highs and lows. Sometimes in the same day. Sometimes in the same hour. Just like my last post, Flesh Man Walking, I want you to learn from my mistake and not endure it yourself. Today I want to talk about looking back. Looking back on good memories are great but let’s be honest. Most of the time when we look back we are looking at our big fat failures. I have been looking back a lot lately at the failure of my current house. My wife and I bought this house when it was just us and it is small with one bathroom. Now we have three kids and well…WE WANT OUT OF HERE! We put zero down, used a rookie realtor, bought on emotion, and at the height of the market. A perfect storm of wonderful. Our house is worth 30% less than when we got it. We are stuck here and I have been beating myself up. Can you tell? Here is the point. When we look back on failures it makes us discouraged, frustrated, and causes resentment. So let’s learn and grow. Here is how we can conquer these feelings.

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Quite simple, but the remedy is to look forward. Hope for a better tomorrow. When someone has a clear goal and plan in the direction they are going it is hard to be depressed. Think about it for a second. When you are depressed are you dreaming about the future or grieving the past? In Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, they looked at Nazi concentration camps. Neither age, health, education, or ability had no baring on who would survive. It was one thing; attitude. Only those who believed and hoped that there was something better ahead of them and only the ones that looked forward in anticipation of a better tomorrow survived. So choose hope and focus on what exciting things are waiting for you around the next bend.

So do yourself and everyone else a favor. Forgive yourself from the mistakes of your past and focus on your bright future. You cannot be what the world needs you to be if you are clinging to your past. All progress requires change but not every change you make is progress. So today focus on what lies ahead and create a plan. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make a step forward.  Be blessed on your journey.
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  • It should be easy to forgive ourselves of our mistakes because He has already forgiven us. Not sure why it’s so difficult though. I did the same thing with a new vehicle lease. It didn’t take long to start regretting the decision but, looking FORWARD (as you suggest) is the only way to quit beating ourselves up.

    • Zechariah Newman

      You are so right Hutch. Look back no more has been in my head all week. I know that the old is dead but need to know it more. Thanks for adding to the conversation buddy.

    • Amen Hutch. Thanks for stopping by,

  • Growth is a process and its always great to look back and get perspective on where we have been and looking ahead is helpful in hoping for whats to come. Not blind to the pitfalls we have had in the past. THere always seems to be a balnce in my mind- good stuff zech!

    • Thanks David. Yes not blind learning from the past not beating ourselves up because of the past. Blessings brother