This post is part of the Your Body, Your Mind “First Thought Photo” series. The point of the series is simple: share your first thought upon seeing this photo. Of course, the rules are flexible Share your second, third, and fourth thoughts, too, if you want!
I love this photo; not just because I have a love of spiral staircases, but because this picture makes me think of a few things:
- I’ve come so far.
- I want to be there again.
- I still wish I hadn’t done/said those things.
I believe we all get to a point (or, points) in our lives when we stop and look back. The important question is: Why are we looking back? Naturally, we’re looking back at all the events that led us to this point.
Still, looking back goes a bit deeper and, subsequently, can be helpful or hazardous to our health.
Think about it: Unless we’re wishing we still lived in the past, looking back at happy times can be fun. It can remind us of all the good times for which we have to be grateful and encourage us to keep moving forward to experience more happiness.
On the other hand, unless we’re remembering to learn from our mistakes, looking back at regrets can be miserable. It can prevent us from moving forward with any significant hope and possibly even program us to believe there is nothing to look forward to, preventing us from even trying to make better times for ourselves.
Looking back is inevitable. It’s what we’re looking at — and how we’re interpreting it — that’s important.
Tell me, when was the last time you looked back? Were you cherishing memories? Taking pride in how far you’ve come? Lamenting regrets? How did looking back benefit or harm you?