No More Looking Back
The Biblical account of Lot's wife in Genesis has always fascinated me. It's supremely archetypal for the human failure to accept a new beginning.
There are so many destructive environments in which people find themselves, whether it is professionally, socially, or internally.
Familiarity keeps calling us back. We can even acknowledge that certain behaviors or influences are harming us and those around us, and yet we still equivocate about change.
In the rare event that people try to depart, they look back at their old lives, only to be turned to a pillar of salt.
In a sort of hoarder mentality, we refuse to leave the past behind us, carrying an impossible weight which cannot be changed anyway. We get vaporized in the process.
Survivors need only do one thing: keep the eyes forward. It's not to say we shouldn't learn from the past. However, we can only live in the here and now. When the place is going up in flames, save who you can and hold your loved ones close. But everything else should be left behind.
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