“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.”
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
How well can you understand yourself? How well do you know yourself? Is it possible that sometimes our entire life passes away but still we are not completely aware of what our abilities are?
Having confidence and understanding of oneself is very much required if you want to measure your capabilities. Having an insight is the most important that is required and it is also something which doesn’t come so easily. The better you understand yourself, the better you know where you stand and also how you need to work.
It is crucial to have a proper insight for it not only makes you understand yourself but also helps you to study the people around you. It’s true that acquiring such an insight is not so easy because of many issues. There might be some who are afraid of the past, because of the things that might have happened to them. They do feel scared of taking any further steps because of the fear of committing the same mistake again. It is difficult to forget the past but it’s something that is necessary we need to, for if we do not it will cling onto us and only spoil our decisions which in turn will spoil our future.
Well, it’s not easy but we at least we need to try.
People usually judge themselves based on the decision they have made in their life be it good or bad which sometimes is appropriate but not always, because it isn’t necessary that you are the same person you were a couple of years ago. With time everything changes and also everyone so it is quite possible that you might be someone else in the past but now you are a totally different person.
Your past is something that should not affect your future and the more and more you think of the past you’ll miss living in the present. What has already been done cannot be changed and also what is going to come cannot be stopped. The only thing we are in control of is the present, to know ourselves and make our decisions wisely and hope for the best that all in the end turns out well.
Here is a short poem which might throw a little more light on the above topic..
Dejected I feel about my past
A happy moment never seems to last
Strings of life seem disconnected
The memories I left behind seem wasted
I look into the past to find something
A little is left of me or nothing
A caressing thought comes in my mind
Is to hope ahead for a bright time
A will to go on is something I must hold onto
There are some things in life one cannot undo
A mistake made will cling onto me
There is nowhere I can go nowhere I can flee
A little hope is all that is required
It’ll make me go on and I’ll never feel tired
The bright future overpowers the darkness of my past
And happiness seems possible for the greater part
Always remember never to give up on hope,
Because the day hope dies
Insight is something that can come from anything be it a book or a person. It is something you get when you see, hear, read or feel something that resonates with your life and also with something that you value the most. It gives you a clear pathway and makes you able to see things more clearly in life.
It not only helps you to achieve what you want but sometimes gives your that extra little push that you need to go ahead. It also sometimes nudges you on the right path i.e. if you have strayed away from your goals.
The only thing that can overcome the darkness of your past is the hope for a very bright future ahead and in order to get to that very bright future we must work to achieve that in our present with all our might and utter and complete dedication.
What we had yesterday with us need not necessarily stay with us today and we we have today will not necessarily stay with us tomorrow but the one thing that we can have and that will stay with us for our entire lives is the Insight that we possess.
An Insight is one of the best gifts mankind can ever get. It’s difficult to achieve it but once you do it will never go and you will have a completely different outlook towards life.
“Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh