Don’t let old tapes ruin 2015.

Or, if you’re too young to know what I mean, don’t let old CDs ruin 2015. Or old MP3s.

The past is tricky, isn’t it? It can stay in the past or it can rule the present and direct the future.

Our past may have been good. Our memories of past years, family times, and Christmas celebrations may be beautiful.

Even positives we remember can affect us negatively this year if we’re not careful. We can compare the things that go well: “We had a great time, but it wasn’t as much fun as last year.” Or, “Even though this pie is good, we’ve had better before.”

Past poor experiences can also negatively affect us. We might be pessimistic as this year begins. If we expect nothing to go well, that’s what might happen. We may not have a good year. Disappoints may outweigh good times.

Our attitudes and expectations make a difference.

Because of what’s in our mind, we may not be able to see what’s going well. Or hear it. Or believe it. Or live it. And, that will be a shame.

I pray your past years will not negatively affect you this year. Toss the tapes, CDs or MP3s. Clean the slate. Wash the board. Start from scratch. Open your eyes to something brand new.

Look for it. Listen for it. Believe for it. Get ready to live it.

Leave the past where it belongs and move forward with freedom and joy.

An earlier version of this blog was published on December 3rd, 2012.