1. Hi Christie – this was great advice because I know (from experience) how easy it is to let stuff from the past leach into the present and take away some of the joy. When I see it happening I tend to pull myself up and refuse to go back over old ground or dwell on things that have gone and are beyond change.
    As far as inspiration for blog posts go – a great quote will often get me thinking and expanding it into how it affects me, or an article I read somewhere, or a book with some thought provoking passages, or a random comment in a conversation – it’s endless, but I just love having somewhere to put my thoughts down and make sense of them – one of the many joys of blogging xx

    • Hello Leanne. It’s easy to let the past creep in, and it’s great when you are aware enough to see it happening. That’s obviously key to turning your attention back to the present. I find blogging inspiration in many of the same places that you do. Often an idea is triggered by something I read or hear that I want to share with others or explore further. Enjoy your week! Happy blogging!

  2. I can’t seem to get past something that happened a year ago. I keep picturing that moment in my head. I hate how I let that still affect me. I don’t want it to but I can’t seem to toss it aside and completely move on.

    In terms of blog inspiration, I find things pop into my head as I’m walking outside. So much time to think. Other topics are based on what I’m doing. Ideas never seem to be a problem but I don’t know if they’re all good ones!!

    • I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with something from your past, Linda. I’m sending love and support your way and hope you soon find a way to lay that burden down. Walking provides inspiration for so many things, doesn’t it? If that’s where you’re getting your blogging ideas, keep on walking, because it’s working. I very much enjoy your writing. Take care.

  3. Lately my shoulders ache from carrying those coffins dug up from the past. I have been thinking about having discussions with the people affected by the issues I am dwelling on in order to hopefully bury them again for good. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to talk, to drudge it all up. I just want it to all go away. In my mind, I see the coffins in the New Orleans area that floated about after Hurricane Katrina. My coffins keep coming unearthed. And I can’t ignore them. Thank you for a thoughtful post with ways to at least temporarily put my mind to rest.

    • It is true that the past has shaped us and brought us to where we are in this moment. In that sense, we are never released from it. Life is not always positive. Life is tragic. Life is beautiful. I wish you peace and much love in this present moment.

  4. Christie, great quotes in this post… and very relatable. I’ve had a number of nudges lately about recognizing and letting go of the past… I’m trying to work out exactly how to do that. It’s not as if my mind goes to the past so much; it’s more I react based on the past experiences. The idea of “carrying around coffins of dead moments” is very compelling to me…. I might need to steal that quote and think more on it.

    • Good point, Pat. Our past shows up in different ways; often we are not conscious of it. That quote is very vivid, isn’t it? Please “steal” it an put it to good use. 😊 I hope you have a lovely, present day.

  5. Hi, Christie – You are absolutely right! Focussing too much on our past prevents us from fully experiencing the present (as well as our presence). Thank you for sharing this. It is a very important reminder.

    • Hello Donna. You’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time in nature recently. I find that helps me stay present. I’ve missed it this week. First we had record-breaking hot temperatures and then dangerously high winds. It’s calming down now, so I hope to get back out there. Take care of yourself and have fun!

  6. It’s not easy to let go of the past Christie, but I think I’ve got it covered now. Your tips are really great. My way of coping is exactly the same as yours. To go out hiking or get into the gym for an intense workout.

  7. I experienced traumatic moments in childhood and with counselling and self-help programs I am grateful I have been able to let that stuff go. Some people choose to work on resolving this issue with friends, family, therapy, twelve step programs, or clergy. Some don’t. It’s a choice. Thanks for sharing this self- empowering post. Good work. now following you on Pinterest.

    • Hello Nancy. I’m glad that you were able to let the past go. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it. Thanks for following on Pinterest. I love connecting with the blogging community.

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