Living In The Past, Present And Future (Part 2)

by Patrick Liew on September 26, 2011

When I think about the past, I’m mindful that there is not a single person – neither amongst the living or the dead – that has only beautiful memories.

In fact, if everything has been going smoothly, there will not be exciting experiences to remember and recall. Memories will just be a record of ‘business-as-usual’ and ‘as-per-normal’ activities.

Sometimes, it is the most difficult times of my life that has given me the best memories.

When I reflect on my past, I cannot help but also recall my frailties, faults, follies, foolishness and failures.

Strange but true, these are experiences – the lessons from which that have become major inspirations for me and others!

I have learned that while I cannot change the past, I can learn from and build on it.

I may not forget a negative experience but I can forget the negative emotions associated with it.

Learning to remove negative emotions and baggages from the past is one of the most important disciplines to achieve success.

The more I remove the pains from the past, the more I will increase the gains in the future.

When I let go of the unnecessary burdens of the past, I will travel easier, better and faster towards a brighter future.

I need to accept and be at peace with my past.

I need to fall in love with the unique blessing of my past so as to love the present and create a brighter future.

If I cannot appreciate the past, I cannot appreciate the future. Contempt of the past will eventually condemn the future.

The past acts like a compass to direct my path to the future. How I make use of it will determine the direction and ultimate destination.

As I reflected on past experiences, I discovered every one of them happened for a higher purpose. I might not be aware of the reason while I was going through them.

I can find meaning and significance in every event, including those that have caused me tremendous amount of pain and sorrow.

When I understand how they fit into an amazing blueprint for my life, I can leverage on them for my success.

These experiences can soften me and make me a more loving, kinder and compassionate person. They humble me and make me a more amicable and approachable person.

I can become a more useful person to the community and world at large.

They can also strengthen me. They can help me develop qualities to be a better leader, entrepreneur and manager.

It enhances my resilience quotient, enabling me to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities in life. I can become more determined and competent to achieve my dreams.

These experiences can also enlighten me to build closer relationship with our Creator. I can become more inspired to help others lead a better life and make our world a better home.

It’s never too late to learn from the past so as to make full use of the present and to enjoy to it.

The sooner I do it, the larger my treasure cove of beautiful memories to inspire me to go farther in my life.

When I choose to turn every negative experience into a positive experience, it becomes another beautiful memory.

When I capitalize on the ‘here and now,’ it will make my tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrows truly count. When I look back to this period of my life, I will be able to recall wonderful memories.

The lessons from the past and vision of the future can be likened to a highway. They connect me from where I was to where I should be in life.

Knowing that my life could come to an end today gives me a sense of urgency to make full use of my time.

I want to capitalize on the past, the present and the future.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we make full use of the past, present and future to enrich our lives?


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