With the passage of time, we sometimes come to realize that there may have been occasions in our lives, in the past, where we perhaps could have done better, acted differently, said kinder and more appropriate words, or even behaved more empathically in certain situations.
This realization shows growth in maturity and a glance at gaining a modicum of wisdom. While this ascension in better understanding oneself is to be highly encouraged, there is an underlying, unseen trap that must be avoided.
Recognizing that we perhaps might have handled a past situation differently often will draw us into creating multiple scenarios with alternate outcomes in our mind, each of which leads to satisfy us better.
While this mental play of images and words may serve in pleasing us, they manage to pull us in further and further into self-directed thoughts and conclusions that, before long, have detracted totally from reality.
Addressing our past issues and learning from our mistakes helps us to do and be better in the future. Dwelling too long on issues in the past serves no purpose as we are powerless to change past events.
Even with the time-travel capabilities of the starship Enterprise at his disposal, Capt. Picard knows that he is unable to change his past history.
Better to just accept our past actions, learn from our mistakes and move on.
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