This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.— Corrie Ten Boom
Practical Past Experiences quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Do not die in the history of your past hurts and past experiences, but live in the now and future of your destiny.
It's being here now that's important.
There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.
Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
We are kept from the experience of Spirit because our inner world is cluttered with past traumas . . . As we begin to clear away this clutter, the energy of divine light and love begins to flow through our being.
Our past is not, as some fear, a series of events carved in stone that we must carry around for the rest of our lives... but a kaleidoscope of experiences that, when viewed through different lenses, can 'color' (change) how we see our present and future.
Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.
The present moment is really all that we have.
The only place you can really love another person is in the present. Love in the past is a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. To be really alive, love - or any other experience - must take place in the present.
Never limit your view of life by any past experience.
Mountains are cathedrals: grand and pure, the houses of my religion.
I go to them as humans go to worship...From their lofty summits, I view my past, dream of the future, and with unusual acuity I am allowed to experience the present moment. My strength renewed, my vision cleared, in the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn.
Don't let the past steal your present. Your past has not defined, deterred or defeated you. It has only strengthened who you are today.
Do not be content with the old anointing.
It is essential to a more holy and happy life...that you seek to be anointed with new oil. Do not be satisfied with past experiences. [...] Seek to have a new revelation of Christ to your soul. Seek the renewed application of His precious blood to your conscience. Oh, seek the fresh oil!
If you're determined to think of yourself as limited, fearful, vulnerable, or scarred by past experience, know only that you have chosen to do so. The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available.
Reality looks much more obvious in hindsight than in foresight.
People who experience hindsight bias misapply current hindsight to past foresight. They perceive events that occurred to have been more predictable before the fact than was actually the case.
When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.
In the past I had to deal with issues that hit me as a younger man.
As a man who wasn't married who didn't really have the experience that I have now. Today I'm a different guy.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.
I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.
It's not the future that you're afraid of. It's repeating the past that makes you anxious.
Our past experiences may have made us the way we are, but we don't have to stay that way.
Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself.
I’ve learned that fear is simply an illusion based on past experiences that we project into the present and onto the future.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
When you look to the past, don't sit and dwell on your regrets.
Instead, focus on the things you learned from each experience and how they may enrich your future. Use the past not as something to hold you back, but as a method for reaffirming the drive to move forward on your chosen path.
If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.
Our supplies of natural resources are not finite in any economic sense.
Nor does past experience give reason to expect natural resources to become more scarce. Rather, if history is any guide, natural resources will progressively become less costly, hence less scarce, and will constitute a smaller proportion of our expenses in future years.
When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism.
We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
For two minutes a day, think of one positive experience that's occurred during the past 24 hours. Bullet point each detail you can remember. It works, because the brain can't tell the difference between visualization and actual experience. So you've just doubled the most meaningful experience in your brain.
Your experiences are not limited to what you have created in the past
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Prudence is a presumption of the future, contracted from the experience of time past.
..there is hope. That's the marvelous thing about being human. We can change our future. We need not be enslaved by the experiences of the past. We can learn to love even when we have not received love.
For me, the best things in life - meaningful work, meaningful relationships, interesting experiences, good food, sleep, music, ideas, sex, and other basic needs and pleasures - are not, past a certain point, materially improved upon by having a lot of money.
Wear your tragedies as armor, not shackles.
Through our own creative experience we came to know that the real tradition in art is not housed only in museums and art galleries and in great works of art; it is innate in us and can be galvanized into activity by the power of creative endeavour in our own day, and in our own country, by our own creative individuals in the arts.
Power is knowing your past.
The left hemisphere is very interested in language;
it communicates in words, it has a past, a present, and a future; it has a time component and it's all about details. The right hemisphere is more about the right now-right here experience where everything is an enormous collage of all the sensory systems flooding into our brains.
Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.
If you knew me in the past, please do not think that I am the same person that you are meeting today. I have experienced more of life, I have encountered new depths in those I love, I have suffered and prayed and I am different.
The nature of the contrapuntal experience is that every note has to have a past and a future on the horizontal plane.
Our last jam session was this past Christmas.
Dad played his harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian, and I played guitar. I'm so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last time.
What remains of your past if you didn't allow yourself to feel it when it happened? If you don't have your experiences in the moment, if you gloss them over with jokes or zoom past them, you end up with curiously dispassionate memories.
The human condition can almost be summed up in the observation that, whereas all experiences are of the past, all decisions are about the future. It is the great task of human knowledge to bridge this gap and to find those patterns in the past which can be projected into the future as realistic images.