Where We Were is Not Where We Are . . .


 “On Not Keeping Me Where I Was”.

Great title of an interesting post by Timothy J. Carson about change and tradition.   I can almost hear Tevye singing in the background:)

Tim reflects on the thoughts of Lauren Winner, an author and a Jew who converted to Christianity, who writes about being asked to revisit her original conversion, while she is at a  different point in her faith journey.

“They also want the conversion story told over and over because that’s  what they value in their particular tradition”

In my addiction counseling days, I can remember some folks who seemed stuck
at the point of not using drugs any more.   They knew how to tell their story and could be quite engaging in the doing so.  However, too often, energy and focus was spent on looking backward, reliving past mistakes and stories.

If the addict could not get past that invisible wall and move forward, their recovery was in real jeopardy.

A religious conversion is an example of an important moment, like any
process of change in our lives.  However, as Lauren states and Tim amplifies,
life goes on.  At some point, we move forward, over that invisible wall, and into our future.

We may look back with regret, with fondness, or with shame, but we do not spend energy or time doing so.  Our past does not have to define our future, no matter what the business slogans say.

Think about this . . . How are important moments in your past holding you  back from your future?

Thinking about what was and what could yet be in the Heartland . . .

John