Memory is one of our greatest facilities, [and] it is a great skill to be able to be selective and say, 'I will hold this...this other, I will cast from me."
Why is this so important? Because, and I speak from experience, if you don't, the memories and regrets will eat at your mind like a cancer and will paralyze your progress to the extent that you will never be able to move ahead.
And, after all, the failure you are remembering with so much regret may not be as big of a setback as you think. To quote the mother superior in "The sound of music," when the Lord closes a door, he opens a window." But we will never see the window if we are focused upon the closed door.
To return for just a second to my portrayal of Pilate in “Of Such Is The Kingdom,” one of his biggest problems was that he could not forget the past and this was the main reason for his poor self-image and the reason he lacked and at times failed to follow his wife‘s vision.
But to get back to you and I--what can we do, if, having tried to forget the past, the thoughts persist in our mind?
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