Being retrospective is natural. But retrospection in the absence of appropriate intent and subsequent consequences can prove dangerous. The human brain is a complicated design in itself, and the extraordinary functioning of it even adds up to the complexity. So many thought processes go on in every second of an average human brain and not just that, so much ability it renders to let people achieve wonderful things that it’s been a subject of fascination for many since ages. And yet it is also the storehouse of both sweet and bitter memories of events occurred in the past.
More often than not, we are habituated to recollect things of the past. Of all the retrospection, few are desirable, most are not. Some are good, while others are really hostile. Above all what is more important is, whether our investment in artful retrospection has, in any way, helped us in achieving something better at the end of the day or not. Most of us fail in this aspect, and the result is not so satisfactory.
The phenomenon is diverse and not so easy to deal with. Especially students of this day and age face a lot of difficulty in handling this. If taught the art of appropriate retrospection, then they can harness the best out of the asset in leading an improved and meaningful life.
Past always presents us opportunities to check our shortcomings and provides sufficient resources to analyse ourselves. This is what needs to be understood. While lamenting over failures in the past is the worst thing one can do to himself. Appropriate retrospection along with positive mindset will help one to rectify the loopholes and provides incentives to incorporate adequate changes in our present to ensure a better future. That doesn’t mean future is going to be perfectly alright. It again demands the sincerity of our approach in continuously following the cardinal rules of appropriate retrospection. Principles are not universal but are subject to individual capacities. But certain aspects can be generalised like No matter whatever may be our past, what has happened can certainly not be changed but what can be done at the present moment is undoubtedly in our hands and that inevitably demands to optimize our present for an improved future. In a simpler sense, we definitely need to retrospect over our happenings in the past and at the same time direct those retrospection into a master plan that can be successfully executed whenever required at present or in future.
The overall success of any retrospection lies in the fact that how much has that effort made our situation better. Even though the effect might not be noticeable very quickly, but over time, one can certainly feel the difference. If one finds any sign of futility of the effort, then the immediate response should be to terminate the associated thought process and substitute with something meaningful, positive and charming. It may sound challenging, but it is a practical way of handling the situation and can be improved with time and practice.
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