Some time ago I heard a teaching from Andy Stanley and he had a a quote that has stuck in my mind, " The present will soon become the past, and the past will always shape the future". How true that statement is today and always will be.
Shadows of the past are not necessarily negative and the most productive way to view your past is to learn from it and use those lessons to shape the future. If past failures keep you fearful and afraid to move foward, then it is time to recognize the past, evaluate what is true and then use the truthful analysis to shape a postive future. We were not created to be beings of the past, stuck in the present, clinging to memories or "what ifs" but instead we were created to be purposeful, focused and intentional about how we live.
The past can be painful or it may have been denied, or stuffed back into a small compartment in your mind never to be opened again. The past needs to be acknowledged to create a healthy future and unless it is opened and surrendered then it will leave scar tissue that will never heal.
When we learn from our mistakes, and everyone has made them, then we are so much more productive in the future.
From a leadership perspective it is good to review what was taking place in the past, what was good, was redundant, and what needs to change. When leading an organization through change the leadership needs to look at the shadows of the past and review how it shaped the emotions that are tied to future decisions. Resistance to change is usually tied to an emotional attachment ot the past. To plan a future with intentionality takes time, planning and an inward evaluation of what has brought you to this place.
How resistant are you to change? Do you cling to the past, wishing for what was? That was then, this is now and what will be next is based on your emotional barometer for moving forward. It is time to step back and take inventory of your emotional, spiritual and physical self. Look at the remnants of the past, and use them to shape an incredible future!