My dad and mom left me many great memories. I hear them every day. I see them in myself, my siblings, and my children. One of the finest compliments someone can give me is to say they can see my dad or my mom in me. Most of the tools I have used throughout my life came from them. I am proud to be their son.
Yet, one of the pearls they gave me was, “It’s okay to visit the past-- just don’t set up your tent and live there!” The more I study, the more I see different versions of this same concept. And the more I learn, the more I see how critical this is to having success in any area of my life.
It is great to have fond memories. Learning from our mistakes is crucial. History does repeat itself, so studying it is important. But our individual mindsets toward the past can be crippling.