Muse-worthy Quote: Looking Backward

It is beneficial to look backward. Because the passage of time can give better perspective to a past occurrence.

Look backward, not to reminisce, to retrospect.

With reminiscence you only recollect the past. Retrospection helps you review things that have happened.

In retrospect, you can glean information to forge ahead.

I couldn’t agree more with Jim Denison, for a path forward, look backward.

To make the most of your day, make introspection a habit.

Check out these related posts,
How To Make Sense of Life Backward
Living Life Forward

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10 Inspiring Living Forward Quotes


In the process of writing my last two posts, Understanding Life Backward and Living Life Forward, I came across many quotes that inspire letting the past go, to live life forward.

I figured I should compile into a post the ones I found most insightful.

Here goes:

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in other to move forward.’
C.S. Lewis


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‘You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.’

– Anonymous


‘You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.’
Louise Smith

‘Live out of your imagination not your history.’
Stephen Covey


‘Time heals nothing unless you move along with it.’
Rachel Wolchin


‘The past is your lesson. The present your gift. The future your motivation.’
Zig Ziglar

‘You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward…just take the next step.’
– Anonymous

‘No matter how dirty your past is, your future is still spotless.’

Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham


jenoms_musings_Sylvester_McNutt_3‘Closure happens right after you accept that letting go and moving on is more important than projecting a fantasy of how the relationship [ situation, or your life] could have been.’
Sylvester McNutt III. Words in parenthesis mine.

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‘There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time…to search and another to count your losses. A right time to hold on and another to let go,’

Solomon David (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6)

My intention is that the insights contained in these quotes will spur you to get unstuck from, let go of,  and move past any, disappointment, failure betrayal and hurt from your past.

To live a life free of the clutter of regret and loss.

I hope I succeeded.

Which of these quotes did you find most helpful?

Living Life Forward!


“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Last week I made a post in which I attempted to elucidate Soren Kierkegaard’s statement:  You can read it. Click here!

This is a sequel to it.

Kierkegaard’s summation about life infers that it’s okay to revisit the past, for therein lies understanding. But don’t get stuck with it, move past it!

Do not reminisce. Instead retrospect. The former only makes you recollect and relive the past hurts. The latter helps to review the experience, draw meaning and glean lessons.

I like an analogy of driving Joel Osteen, the famed Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, used when he was speaking about dealing with the past.

He explained: In driving, for visibility, you have a large windscreen before you and three mirrors, two on your left and right, and another overhead. Though you refer (with cursory glances) to the mirrors to see what’s behind, most of your time is spent looking ahead through your windscreen to keep moving on. Undue focus on the mirrors slows you down and eventually stifles forward progress. You have large windscreens and comparably, very small mirrors because you should spend more time looking ahead and less time looking back.

As you drive through life, dwelling in the past can be injurious to you, and those around you. Too much focus on the mirrors, while neglecting your windscreen will eventually lead to a crash, damaging your life and the lives of others.

Do not get stuck with your past – give up the hate, anger & bitterness, unforgiveness, hurt and disappointments etc.

Life…must be lived forwards! It is possible to move on!

There is someone I know personally. He alone can help you. He is able and willing to help you deal with your past, no matter how terrible or hurtful it is, and live life forwards. He gives the best to those who leave the option to him.

Let me introduce you to him. Click here!

How have you dealt with past hurts and disappointments?