Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Back and Moving Forward....

There have been countless articles written about whether or not looking back is good or bad. 

Whereas dwelling on the past, living in the past, or trying to revive the past, is what many of these articles are pertaining to, I think (IMO) that we need the past to be able to move forward.

Looking back we can see where we might have made mistakes, and where we can improve our lives... and in improving our lives we in some way help improve the lives of those close to us.

 “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
Winston S. Churchill

This quote applies to world history, as well as our own histories.  No one is perfect, everyone has failures and mistakes at times.  Ever have the same thing, or problem, keep happening in your life?  Maybe ti's time to look back and figure out why.

As the calendar is about to change to a new year, many see it as a place for a new beginning.  One can't make a fresh start without looking back, regardless of whether it is the changing of a year, a month, and day or even a decade..


I don't make resolutions at this time, because as most people know, or have tried, seldom do they work.  I do set goals as the days go by, refreshing, or revising, or even discarding, old ones not yet completed, and setting new ones as life goes on, but this time of the year is often thought of as a good point for looking back, over the past year.  

Right now I am planning the garden.   Making plans now so I have a jump on the future.  NOT my biggest project ahead for the next year, but certainly one that can be done ahead so I can work on the bigger plans.   Like the ant in the fall, making plans so the next season is taken care of.

What do you do?  Do you make resolutions, or think over the past year?  Do you make plans for the immediate future or some time in the distant future? 

Gotta run, See you later,



  1. I don't make New Year's resolutions. I try to set daily goals and can still manage to disappoint myself when I fail at them. Baby steps.

  2. I always have a problem with the "live in the NOW" movement. I agree with you about learning from the past.And what about making plans, if you are living in the "now" are you not supposed to make plans for the future, are you just supposed to wait for things to happen?

  3. I think the past is important for making plans ahead...I think living in the moment ("now") is good for what you are doing at the time, but yes, I agree with you, I am not so sure living in the "now" all the time (for everything) is a good idea, if it means just letting things happen.

  4. I'll be sitting down over the next couple of days and making some plans/goals/resolutions. I'm not sure which term to use! Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your thoughts on friendship.
    Wishing you well,

  5. I agree with you about making goals. Goals are about moving forward as well.

  6. Yes, Deborah, I agree..

    Thanks Karen..same to you..

  7. Interesting post. I believe strongly in learning from mistakes and that does mean looking back but I believe in living for the present.

    I don't make resolutions because it is the New Year. I think, improving our ways is something that should be with us, all the time.

  8. I have been looking at your list of baking and cooking blogs and it is quite a list. I am going to start with it to explore new blogs, for the new year. Thanks.

  9. It is better NOT to make resolutions. I find it setting yourself up to fail. I think little goals are ok, but nothing major. I have not swam in two months due to my foot surgery. I got the ok to go back to life. TODAY I went swimming and sat in the hot tub, met interesting people. You seem to be on the go a lot, I admire your energy.

  10. I don't usually make resolutions in January, but throughout the year, I make decisons about changes I will make in my life, some stick, other don't.