“As Long as we Have Memory Yesterday Remains” Abhishek Shukla
Several leaders and counsellors are strong advocates of Living in the Present. We are told not to recount the victories of our past. They say, ‘Live the past where it belongs, in the past.’
But today, while reflecting on the words of Bishop Raphael Fagbohun; “If you forget history, you will repeat the mistakes of history”, I have reasons never to put the past behind me if I can use my reflections and learnings to make today and the future better.
I took time to reflect on the victories of my past days. The days I won big. I questioned the reasons for my winnings because I wanted to know if I was just lucky or if being deliberate made me win. In truth, I found that it was a combination of both.
George S. Clason said, “Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with people that are unprepared”. The opportunity was luck and because I was prepared, I won by seizing those opportunities when they came.
I also reflected on the many failures of my past days. I did not regret them or worry over them. I tried to leave the scars in the past where they should belong but I was and I am grateful for the lessons because if I was on the verge of repeating some of them.
I noted the failure in skills I didn’t have, the counsels I didn’t heed, the investments I didn’t make, the leadings I didn’t follow, the events i didn’t attend, the friends I lost, the hearts I broke, the courses I didn’t complete, the capacities I didn’t build, the risks I didn’t take etc.
I also noted the right things I did to win because I want to and need to win big in 2022.
SO LEAVE YOUR PAST WORRIES WHERE THEY SHOULD BE IN THE PAST BUT REFLECT ON YOUR PAST TO MAKE THE FUTURE BETTER.
Notes for Nigerians
For Nigerians, 2022 may look like a better year because politicians will throw money around and bags of food but we must remember that this has been the pattern for years. We must stop selling our birthrights for a pot of pottage.