I’m nostalgic. When possible, I still enjoy driving by my childhood home, my first church, and the high school where I spent the best six years of my life.
Do you often think about “the good ‘ol days”? If so, you’re in good company. King David often looked back. He said, “I thought about my former days, the years of long ago” (Psalm 77:5).
I offer three suggestions on thinking about your “former days.”
- Looking back can be healthy.
- You should only look back in short takes.
- Your main focus should be looking ahead.
In recovery, it is sometimes good to revisit our “former days.” But only if you use what happened in the past to make you better in the future.
Recovery Step: What can you learn from the “former days?” Learn from your past, but don’t live there.