Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. ~William Wordsworth
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
The past should be studied to pull out the gems of information it contains. It shows us the mistakes others have made and the mistakes we have made. It is important to learn these things so we don’t keep repeating the wrong things.
The past also shows us what works. We can model others who have achieved what we would like to achieve. We can analyze what works for us specifically. Sometimes we quit something that is working and we didn’t even realize it. We may need to adapt the information for our current circumstances, but the past can be valuable if we use it properly.
The future is never here. We are always living in the present. However, to have a great future, we must plan and implement what we do right now. The present is the only time that we can take action. It is how we use the time everyday that will determine our future.
We should never worry about the future or live fearfully, but we should learn from the past, take great action now and the future should be just fine.