In the book, “If Only I Knew…Gentle Reminders to Help You Treasure the People in Your Life” by Lance Wubbels he states the following about how the past is no excuse.
“If only I knew that my past is no excuse for who I am now, that truth could have set me free to change.”
While we all have character traits which remain with us throughout our lives, the way in which we behave and interact with others should evolve and mature as we age.
So many times we hear “this is how I am” from those who refuse to simply grow up. But behaviors can be changed to not only better your life but the life of those around you. The only thing that’s required is a little effort and an understanding that tolerance is a very important part of survival.
While society rarely agrees on everything, respecting others as we expect to be treated is crucial. The past is no excuse for bad behaviors to continue on.
Take a look at the person staring back at you in the mirror. Would the truth set you free to a more positive change in your life or is it easier to justify your actions by simply saying this is how I am?
George Washington Carver once said, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.”
The past is no excuse for how you behave today. As long as you’re living and breathing, you can always making a change.