Byron Katie on forgetting the past to better the future
There’s a trap many of us fall into. We start to believe that “This is just how I am.” or “I’m good at this and not at that.”
When an idea comes to mind, we quickly dredge up all previous experiences and decide up or down. Public speaking? I’m not good at that. Hot-headed? That’s just who I am. Can’t change now. It’s nature.
But that’s all malarky.
We don’t have to stay locked into old notions. We don’t have to limit ourselves to what we’ve done in the past.
So what if we weren’t good at singing 20 years ago. So what if we never learned how to read musical notation. So what if we embarrassed ourselves dancing at prom.
The past is over. We can be whoever we choose to be. Right now.
We can pick up the guitar and focus like a Nobel Laureate physicist. We can stretch like a dancer and train like an olympian. We can choose how we want our guitar practice to be, and make it that. One day at a time.
This doesn’t mean everything will be easy. Physicists have to manage distraction, too. Dancers fall down and olympians sometimes feel lazy. They just keep showing up.
What I love most about the past is that it’s over