By N.S. Palmer
Would you like to know how to change your past?
Bad things sometimes happen to all of us. We all sometimes do or say things that we regret. We all wish that it could have been different.
In a way, it can be different. The past is still with us every day, affecting how we feel, how we act, how we treat others, and how we see ourselves.
You can’t change what happened, but you can change its meaning and moral significance.
If you did something wrong in the past, then do everything you can in the present to rectify the harm you did.
If an event in the past haunts you and stops you from being happy, then re-examine it in the present. Try to understand what God meant you to learn from it. Tell yourself a new story about it: a story in which you are no longer a victim; a story in which you suffered but became a better and stronger person as a result.
By doing those things, you re-frame your sins, errors, and negative experiences into assets that foster goodness and happiness in your life.
Your past is what it is. But what you do with it in the present is something you can control. You can turn something bad into something good.
Give it a try. You might be surprised by how much power you have over the past.
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