NEW CASTLE — “Adulthood is when the ghosts of childhood appear.” — Terri Guillemets
One of God’s greatest gifts is your memory.
Powerful Bible verses will bubble up at just the right moment.
Words of affirmation, uttered by a parent or coach years ago, can inspire you today.
The aroma of cotton candy can take you back to the amusement park.
Or to your vacation at the beach. Or your first home run. Or your favorite Uncle Joe.
Like Peter Pan, we’d love to soar back and never leave.
But here’s the flipside. (There’s always a flipside, you know.)
Your memory is one of Satan’s most powerful weapons.
The time you froze during speech class. The game you struck out with the bases loaded. The drunk uncle who made a pass at you.
The meeting with your doctor that he opened with, “I’m sorry. ...”
Not only do we want to forget those moments, we wish they had never happened.
Regardless, it’s still OK to use the past.
Both the good and the bad.
Learn from it.
Let it be your springboard to a brighter future.
Just don’t stay there.
“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” — Bill Keane
Before you have a chance to burst from the starting blocks toward tomorrow, be prepared to live in the past awhile longer — at least through the summer.
And that’s OK. Just think of it as your grace period.
At graduation parties and other family gatherings, you’re going to hear ...
•“When I was your age ...”
•“You’ll realize soon that high school was the best time of your life.”
•“The world you’re entering is NOTHING like the good old days.”
•“Boy, I wish I had a chance to do it all over again.”
I won’t argue their validity. Those statements are probably true for those who share them with you.
But they aren’t real any longer.
So go ahead and let your elders regale you with stories from the past. Give them an opportunity to confess their regrets.
And by all means, learn from them.
Let them inspire you or teach you what to avoid.
Experience is often the best instructor. And it’s much less painful when it’s someone else’s experience.