“One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.” – Michael Cibenko
Its hard to let go of stuff. letting go of past relationships, of past success, of the dead, of past failures and disappointments... Probably why life always seems so cluttered, there's loads of garbage and junk in our memory and so little storage space to accommodate both the old and the new. Think putting new wine in an old wine skin.( "And no one pours new wine into old wineskin. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskin will be ruined.Luke 5:37) New ideas don't work well in clustered minds.
My room is almost always cluttered with clothes and shoes I know I’ll never wear anymore. But its hard to give them away cos there's always a memory attached to it.... Its taken up all the space that I hardly have any left to put the new things,I'm trying though….i’m getting rid of stuff bit by bit, tearing up the receipts and the tags et co. Why keep it if you don't need it?
The chopsticks from maxim, the notes we exchanged during night prep, the love letters from 'toasters' in secondary school, the receipt from some ridiculously overpriced shops, the old mobile phones with text messages(reminders that that 'silly' boy walking around like he's got the world on his shoulder doesn't really have it all together....you should read how desperate his texts were) just some silly thing or the other hanging around. Holding on to false expectations, illusions of what was, mirages of the past being better than what you'll have in the future.
“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.” – Unknown
Some memories aren’t worth hanging on to. Every day is a chance to start afresh, he might have loved you yesterday, but it doesn’t matter anymore if you’re heartbroken today, LET GO. You might have been the richest girl yesterday, it doesn’t matter today,because you're broke, tear up those receipts with proof of your extravagance, that you were once there and move on, stop thinking back and living in 'what used to' when 'you were', use up all the brain space you can get to brain storm and find ways to be a wholesome person again. You'll never recognize how nice and wonderful the new can be if you refuse to let go of the old. Yes it was all nice then, but who says it can't be nicer now?
Same problem Christians face...coming into Christ and washed by the blood, but still looking over your shoulder, clotting the flow from the fountain of grace into your life with self condemnation for your past. Chill....the past is the past. Let go...how can you live a wholesome joyful life in Christ if you can't let go of the filth of your past?
"don’t you recognize it?" We probably don't recognize the new because we're so caught up in the past/old of 'what has' and 'what used to be'“Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.” Isaiah 43:19
It's time to let go and move forward. The goodness of the new waits for no one. Catch it while you still have a chance.