As a child, the decisions our ancestors made helped to shape us.
It’s what their parents taught them, and their parents taught them, and so on. How we were raised plays a big part in our identity of who we are today. Customs, cultures and traditions are long-standing beliefs, but what benefit do they really provide us in our daily lives today? Don’t these beliefs actually divide us if we have different views?
So, what if our ancestors were wrong, or at the very least, outdated?
The specifics (variables) of our pressures are different, but we all experience pressures. How are we supposed to evolve if we keep doing the same things that our ancestors told us, generation after generation?
How often do we talk with friends about the good old days, and how much has changed for the worse since we were younger? TV commercials constantly glorify the past, out of greed, to sell their products to make us feel young and relevant.
But what happens when we focus too much on the past? We lose precious time making new memories. We lose potential for growth. We are going in the wrong direction.
There are only two reasons to look to the past:
The first one is critical for your process of self-discovery, to re-evaluate any buried traumas, so that you can “clean house” once and for all to remove any skeletons in the closet.
The second reason to look to the past is to measure how far you have grown since that time, having learned from your mistakes. Progress vs regress.
Keep an open mind, use your imagination, and re-evaluate every decision. Your children will thank you for it.
Direction – Momentum - Integrity
“Heal. So we don’t have another generation of trauma passing itself off as culture” - Carla Moore