“There are three sides to every story – yours, mine, and the truth.” Robert Evans
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Now that Autumn is on the way, it is easy to drift into nostalgia; school days, snow days, holidays – fond memories tied to mundane occurrences or specific special events. As likely as not, the memories are warm; over time, they gain a rosy tint because we prefer to keep happy memories in our minds and hearts.
REMINDER: A little nostalgia is a good thing! It maintains hopel.
CAUTION: Too much nostalgia is a bad thing. It distorts reality.
Buddha cautioned against attachment and expectation; they take us out of the present moment, and lead to disappointment and heartache. If we are honest, we know nostalgia represents both attachment and expectation – a longing for the past as well as vision for the future (based on that past). Many people will tell you the past is the best indicator of the future but I disagree; the past may be the most likely indicator of the future based on our repeated choices…but we can always decide to choose differently.
TAKEAWAY: Enjoy your memories but leave them in the past!
Make the future you want with your own choices; create your life and make new memories – you will never catch lightning in a bottle twice so do not waste your efforts on the recreation of a rosy past that never quite existed as you recall.
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