“Forget the past, but remember what it taught you.”
This quote personally reminds me of one of my favorite books, The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. The one agreement that I have to remind myself of on a daily basis is ‘Be Impeccable with your Word.’ Your word isn’t just what is spoken. It’s also your expressions, your actions, your attitude, what you put your belief into, self judgement and the judgment of others.
I mention this because there have been times in my past when I gossiped or said things out of pain and anger, maybe even jealousy and envy, and I wasn’t impeccable with my word. I have hurt people that I never intended to and I have beat myself up for it instead of just learning from the experience and moving on. You have to analyze and understand the root of what happened and why, sincerely apologize for it, forget about it, move on and learn from what the experience taught you. We all make mistakes, we just have to learn from them and try our best not to make the same mistake twice.
Once it has been said, done, expressed and shown to the world, you can’t take it back. You can only work to make it better and use each experience as a text book for your future. So choose your words, your actions, your expressions, your judgments wisely, because they are an extension of who you are and create the impression that others will get of you.
I suggest this book to any of you that have never read it. It’s like my little Bible. Click for a link to Amazon.com (free publicity lol):