“The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.” – Felix Adler, Born Aug. 13, 1851.
All decisions are made in the present moment. And we are deciding our future.
But if you can make a decision feel like a culmination of the mistakes and lessons of the past, it is a lot easier to make a choice in the first place.
There are a thousand voices from the past we can leverage.
Parents who supported us (or not).
Teachers who educated us (or not).
Pastors and priests who nurtured our souls (or not).
Old flames that burned out (or not).
Bad bets and good.
Bullets dodged or taken.
Omens acknowledged or ignored.
Is the situation one in which the lessons of history warn us from a dangerous path? Is the situation one where our destiny has conspired to force us to take a fateful leap?
It can be either, or both at the same time.
Is there a long ago promise that needs to be kept? A forgotten debt to be repaid? An old score that finally can be settled?
How can the voices of the past be used to tell your present prospects the right choice to secure the best possible future?
What are they saying? Warning? Encouraging? Admonishing? Applauding?
The past is not through with us, and won't be forgotten.