Look forward and let go of the things you can’t control.

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If you do a survey of all happy people or people who are content, most of them would give you the answers that would lead to one conclusion.  The conclusion is simple: they feel a sense of control. 
People who feel content, who feel happy, who feel that they are living life to their fullest potential, feel that they are in control of their lives.
This doesn’t mean that they are in absolute control of every single thing that happens to them.  But it does mean that they are in control of how happy they are at any given moment.  This is a very important element that is missing with people who are constantly regurgitating the past.  As long as they are looking backward, they’re cannot be in control.  What controls them is the past.

Do you see how impossible that is?  Can you imagine trying to drive a car without looking forward?  If you are always looking in the rearview mirror, or turning your head backwards, you will never be able to steer yourself in the direction you want to go.  You will only know what is behind you, and not what is coming up ahead.  Do you see how ridiculous that is?  You can’t control things that happened in the past, so stop looking that way.

When you decide to let go of regret and turn your eyes forward with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road, you regain control and you are able to drive any direction and go anywhere you please.  So, please, don’t waste your time and energy thinking about stuff that happened in the past that you really can’t change or control any longer.  Though you will never change history, you CAN change how you feel about the past.  Always look forward and celebrate the things you learned from what happened in the past.  Embrace the fact that you are better for it.
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