Spending time in the darkness.
The places we don’t like to let our minds travel.
Where the fear lies.
The places where the things that we don’t like about ourselves reside.
Too often, we view the choices that we have made or the things that have happened to us in a binary way.
That was a good thing that happened to me.
That was a bad decision that I made.
Good or bad.
A binary analysis. This leaves little room for gray.
Such a black-and-white view of the world prevents us from learning from our past.
What do those dark spots have to teach us?
Looking back there is not always comfortable and is certainly not easy.
But what if we just poke around without any preconceived notions of what might happen?
What if we let go of the result and spend time refamiliarizing ourselves with who we were and what we did?
What is the worst that could happen? It may bring up some pain, but it might also significantly help us as we deal with our present reality.
For today, let us not be fearful of critically analyzing our past in a non-binary, good versus bad, way.
Let’s do this important work today and save the judging for later.