I know full well that I, being human, do often dwell in the 'broken record' mode expecting similar situations to produce similar results. It is usually the seemingly less attractive/positive outcomes that stick in my mind and rear their heads up at me as I once again try to move forward. However, with that meritorious 'PhD in Hindsight' that we have all been awarded from the University of Life it is possible to see things differently. Afterall, if I can reassure myself that I did the best possible under the circumstances with the information available to me at the time, then I know that whatever transpired was set in motion with the best intention. I would ask no more of anyone else, in fact I would ask them to forgive themselves and praise their attempts at achieving perfection. Why do we find it so hard to be as kind to ourselves?
Looking back therefore offers us the chance to weigh up the pros and cons of our actions. It is often the case that what appeared to fail in the past did actually lead us down a path we would never otherwise have chosen. Yet, this 'meandering' may well have set us up for a great new adventure that actually had more far reaching and important lessons for us, from which we have gained a wealth of experience.
It is in appreciating and being grateful for the accumulation of this massive wealth of experience that we can rejoice in our lives. Our superficial ego/personality wants to control and allows our pride to have a tantrum when things don't quite go our way. Like a spoilt child it causes us pain and suffering by constantly complaining. By letting go and understanding that we are only part of the picture we can better appreciate how our role is far greater than that of the petty egoistical wants. Through cooperation and sharing of ideals, assisting and being present for others, our lives are enriched and our senses enhanced. Rising above the mundane, chaotic world which is an enticing trap of the egoic mind, we can release, relax and enJOY. Abundant inspiration and positivity is the resultant prize. Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways of achieving this.