People, businesses, religions, they all get trapped protecting the past, failing to consider what about the status quo they are defending. Moving forward is difficult and emotional work. Our human nature is designed to seek comfort, and there is security in holding on to what we have.
It isn’t until an event forces our hands that we move on. The loss of a job, a home, or a loved one, meeting someone who challenges our preconceived notions of the “other,” call into question what is important and make us consider what might be holding us back.
I messed up yesterday. I installed a plugin on my WordPress blog and crippled my site. There are years of posts, some good, most of them awful, trapped in a database. While I worked to fix this, my wife was watching Tidying Up. Marie Kondo was having her clients say, “Goodbye and thank you,” to things they no longer needed, years of acquired clothes, collectibles, and junk. This practice of gratitude and release, that there is value in having experienced something, but limitations in holding on, I decided to abandon my blog rescue efforts and move on.
In life, we can spend our energy protecting the past, holding on to everything we have acquired, or we can focus on going forward. I resolve to be grateful for the past and then release it.
There is only forward.