It is difficult to unravel the mystery of life. It is difficult to understand the true meaning and purpose of our lives. It is difficult to know if what we are doing is right or wrong. It is difficult to feel certain about who we are and what we are doing. The reason for all this is, life only makes sense when looked at from the future into the past.
Only when we reflect on what we have been doing over the past few years; how we have learnt and evolved from knowing nothing to knowing so much, do we really get a sense of who we are and what we have been doing. Life makes sense only by arranging our past in a logical order.
This is the reason why so many people go about doing things that don’t add meaning and value to their lives. They waste enormous amounts of time and energy in trying to become what they are not meant to be. If only they can reflect more on their past and learn from their successes and failures, they can begin to understand themselves better.
Reflect on this. Everything you know about yourself comes from a reflection of your past. Everything you have done has accumulated to become you. If you had to plan yourself to where you are now, I am sure you would not have arrived. The whole learning process of life is backwards.
So what would you say to your younger self if you had an opportunity to write a letter from your future to your past? What if you had a chance to give 10 commandments to your younger self to follow diligently and at all times. What words of wisdom would you share with yourself?
The wordings might be different but we can be sure that most of us would put a list something like this:
Be ruthlessly honest with yourself at all times
Be humble enough to learn from your mistakes
Have more trust and faith in yourself and in people around you
Find one higher purpose that can bring meaning to your life
Be kind, loving and compassionate
Believe in yourself, more than in anything else
Laugh, sing and dance a little more
Dedicate at least one hour of your day for exercise, prayer and meditation
Strive towards what you want and learn to enjoy what you have
Life is short, celebrate every single moment of it