Once upon a time, in a life not so far away, the past began. It was an interesting time, there were good bits, bad bits, some bits which you’d rather forget and some which you will remember for ever. And all the bits could be put together to make up your story.
Then one day, you realised that you wanted to move forward, and in order to do that, you had to leave some of the bits of the past behind. It was difficult, because every one of them was important to you, some of them even helped to form a part of who you are. But in time you closed the pages of the story that was the past, and moved forward into the future, where you lived positively ever after.
Sounds like something out of a story book doesn’t it? And if I were to suggest to anyone that the life they have lived previous to now is a story I have little doubt that some might take offense.
But in truth we can all look at our lives as a story, with all the different parts making up the different elements of who we are. And when it’s in the past, we can’t change it, so why not look at it as a story in order to be able to put it behind us and look at the future?
“Once upon a time, in a life not so far away, the past began.” And it is that reference to it being the past that makes it all a part of the story, and the life not so far away is your life. It’s no less relevant now that you think of it as a story, it merely reflects that it’s a part of who you were then, as opposed to who you are now or who you would like to become in the future.
“It was an interesting time, there were good bits, bad bits, some bits you’d rather forget and some which you will remember for ever.” And again it refers to all the parts of your life which make up the story are relevant, and just because you leave them behind doesn’t mean you can’t remember them and take from them.
The past has happened, even the bits of the past you take with you into the future have happened. You can’t change them, you can only take from them, learn from them, and use them to make the changes you need to move forward.
The story is told. Now it’s a question of what you do with it.
Do you look back at once upon a time? Or do you close the pages and move forward into positively ever after?