MEME: Anything more than year ago is a historical lesson; less than a year, it might be a mistake

Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself Up Over Something from the Past

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I’ll be the first person to admit that I’ve done things in the past I’m not proud of. I think most people can say that. Even if you always try to be a good person, you can end up doing something bad once in a while.

Sometimes it’s hard to look back on those past actions and rationalize them away. They can stick in your mind and make you feel bad.

But you can’t beat yourself up over them. Sometimes you just have to accept the things you’ve done and move on. Just because you did some bad things in the past doesn’t make you a bad person.

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Anything more than year ago is a historical lesson; less than a year, it might be a mistake

I learned this from watching my Mom, Dad, and other family members literally drive themselves crazy. Crazy in hospital, or bottle, or worse.

Hence I formed this meme. 

Even something that is less than a year old is hard to characterize as a “mistake”.

You may have made a choice that didn’t work out the way you thought. Does that make it a mistake?

There’s no VCR in life where you can retry stuff.

Think the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Not only is it funny; it’s downright philosophical.


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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

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Sad to say, did I ever anticipate to be where I am today?

Never in a grazillion years.

Am I sad? Yes!

Am I sad about the choices I’ve made?

That strikes me of Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! thinking. 


Life is not a VCR. Neither is it a deterministic world. 

If you presented with a choice of X and Y, then until you get to the Final Judgment will you know that if you had chosen the alternative that you’d have stopped off the curb and gotten hit with a mack truck.

Thankfully, as boy I read the “Lensmen” series, … by Edward Elmer “Doc” Smith …, that postulated a Universe that was deterministic. (The Arisians could foresee the alternatives of the future and how things worked out.) The lesson was that humans weren’t Arisians and we had to guess!

I took that to heart with my meme “less than a year, might be a mistake; more tun a year is a lesson!”

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Back to Adams.

Since each intention was a decision, I’ve ended exactly where I planned to be.

Once happy; now sad. Running out the clock!

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