138. You Can’t Change the Past

One of the traits of those who are depressed and anxious is to dwell on the past. Some examples:

  • “Why did I take that job ten years ago? It changed my life for the worse. I should have stayed where I was.”
  • “Why did I marry Jim? I would have been so much happier with Jack.”
  • “Every time I think about what my mother said to me when I was twelve years old, I go into depression.”

Friends, you can’t change the past. You can only deal with the present and the future. For those I coach who have a troubled past and ruminate on it most every day, I show them a simple technique of drawing a line in the sand. “Let what is in your past stay in the past. From this moment on, there is a new you. Step over the line and live your new life. And if you slip back into dwelling on the past, draw a new line and go one. Don’t think that you have failed. God is a God of a thousand chances.”

This technique also works for those who are alcoholics or abusive or overwhelmed by a sin from their past. Draw a line and move on. Live in a new world. Let the old world slip into the past and be done with it. Sound hard? No, it’s actually very easy. Just draw that line in the sand.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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