By worrying over the past and its tragedies, one parades a form of insanity – a kind of sickness that destroys the will to live for the present moment. Those who have a firm purpose have filed away and forgotten the occurrences of the past, the past of which will never again see light, since they occupy such a dark place in the recesses of the mind. Affairs of the past are finished with ; the events already unfolded, sadness cannot retrieve them, melancholy cannot make things right, and depression will never bring the past back to life and neither can you do anything to change it. This is because the past is non-existent.
Do not live in the nightmares of former times or under the shade of what you have missed. Save yourself from the ghostly apparition of the past. Do you think that you can return the sun to its place of rising, the baby to its mother’s womb, milk to the udder, or tears to the eye? By constantly dwelling on the past and its happenings, you place yourself in a very frightful and tragic state of mind.
Reading too much into the past is a waste of the present. When Allah mentioned the affairs of the previous nations, He, the Exalted said:
That was a nation who has passed away
Former days are gone and done with, and you gain nothing by carrying out an autopsy over them, by turning back the wheels of history.
The person who lives in the past is like someone who tries to saw sawdust. Of old, they used to say, “Do not remove the dead from their graves”.
Our tragedy is that we are incapable of dealing with the present: neglecting our beautiful castles, we wail over dilapidated buildings. if every man were to try to bring back the past, they would most certainly fail. Everything on earth marches forward, preparing for a new season – and so should you.
Stop thinking – what if i did that – what if i do this – Stop, just live in the moment because as far as we concern, this moment is all we have and this present moment is passing by under our noses.
Make a past that you’ll love to remember, one that will bring smile to your face.
Just stop your regrets, and start living mindfully.