The Power of Our Past
I spent most of the morning trimming the verge. Last year, while on sabbatical, I did a lot of hedging while working as a landscaper/lawn jockey. The trimmer I use is a simple electric powered one. The trick to using one that runs on electricity is to make sure not to cut the extension cord with the trimmer. A lesson, I’m embarrassed to say, took me several cut cords to learn. After some trial and many errors what worked best for me was to keep the cord wrapped around my waist and behind me. This way I knew it wasn’t in the wrong place waiting to be cut in half stopping me from doing what needed to be done.
As I worked today I thought about the many bushes and trees I shaped and how, once I figured out how to keep the cord behind me, I then could keep my focus on the trimming not what powered the trimmer. I also reflected on the truth of how what’s behind us powers our present. Who we are, our life’s purpose, the way we think, act and live has much to do with what’s in our past. The good and bad, positive and negative, power our motivation, ignite our passions and stoke our prejudices.
The more aware we are of how what’s behind us impacts what’s ahead of us the more able we are to make sure our lives can be what they need to be and do what needs to be done.