Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wise Up

Day 9 of 29 Days of Spiritual Messages.

Today's message comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.“

These five simple sentences are packed with truth. Let's unpack it.

Notice the authority in which HWL speaks to us. He speaks in the imperative. His words command us to "look," to "improve," and to "go." This is the voice of confidence, of experience, of knowing. And the words ring true deep within us. We know this, too, but how many of us remain in the past, glorifying or romanticizing "the good old days"? 

Staying stuck in the past robs us of the present. It smacks of a fear to move forward.

Sure, there were some good times, maybe some better times, and some bad times, but as HWL says, "It comes not back again." In other words, let the past go because there are bigger and better things coming our way, but they can't and won't come to us when we continue holding on to the past. If we are too busy allowing the past to define who we are, how can we ever build a future?

To "look mournfully into the past" is a sad and lowly vibration that does nothing to elevate us; instead, it drags us down by the neck, chaining us to our illusions, where we will forever be haunted. Can we learn from our past? Absolutely. But once we learn the lessons, we must move on so that we can "wisely improve the present."

Note that HWL doesn't say to simply improve the present, but to "wisely improve the present." Big difference. To improve "wisely" means that we must take action, but not just any action. We are to be selective in our choices. We are to be educated in our choices. We are to make choices that will serve the highest good, not just for us, but for all. 

This may take some hard work as well as some heart work to bring about positive change. There is no time like the present because "it is thine;" the present is all we have, so let's use it wisely in order to "go forth" to our future, no matter how uncertain it appears.

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Even though the future is "shadowy," HWL tells us to meet it "without fear." We can't predict the future, and this scares many people because the future is the one thing over which we have no control. We can either fear it or embrace it. 

Our preparation in the NOW is what will help or hurt our future. This goes back to wisely improving our present. Our choices in the here and now will pave the way for what is to come. If we prepare in fear, we live in fear. If we prepare in faith, we live in faith. When we accept that the future is unpredictable, we can move forward without any fear because we will have prepared ourselves wisely through our personal and spiritual practices. 

As we live in the present, in the here and now, the future will take care of itself. 



  1. This is a wonderful article!
    So full of truth!
    When we live in the NOW(in the present moment) and let go of the past what remains is unconditional peace, freedom, contentment and happiness. This peace is everything we have ever wanted so why not prepare the way for higher ground!

    Thank you Penny!
    Healthy blessings,

    1. Thank you, Gena! When we let go of the past, all we have is the Now and the freedom to make it what we will. How awesome is that?

      Thank you.

  2. You know I try not to look mournfully into the past...I used to allow my past to define me...n that's horrible to do...I've learned that its the past n I can visit the good times but not the bad times....n somethines I don't really remember the past....BC I think I blocked it out BC how some of it was painful. I heard that its normal to not remember the past when some of it was painful...
    It was interested when the older I got less of my things I used to worry bout seemed so small...n heading into the future was one way that I will finally b free.....n its true...but I look into the future with a lil fear...but except the things I cannot change and change my additude towards thing too.. which makes the future less fearful...but with TONS. Of possibilities .....n with open arms...
    Love n peace my friend

  3. When we focus on the past, we stay stuck there until we decide to move on from it. What happened can not be changed, so why mourn it, or hate it, or try to relive it? The best we can do is to learn from it, bless it, and move on. We can also transform it to help others who are struggling with similar pasts. In this way, we help them to move forward so that they can live a more authentic life.

    The present moment is all we have. Use it to your advantage and the future will take care of itself.
    Peace & Blessings.