Thursday, August 13, 2009

Start writing your own future

The following story came to me in nick of time when I started questioning myself on my past. It was inevitably easy to blame myself for all the painful episodes that had taken place before.But this story made me sit up and realise that none of it was my fault. It was meant to be. Those painful consequences have transformed and moulded me into what I am today. So I thank my bitter past for giving me a better present and a much beautiful future. This is what I learnt from this story. The past may not be my fault, but the future is my responsibility alone. Enjoy reading :)

One evening a young woman went alone to walk barefoot by the ocean after the sun had set. She stopped in her path and turned so she could see the footsteps she had left in the sand. But they had already been washed away by the waves. When she turned to continue her walk, she was startled by the presence of an old woman wrapped in a blanket who out of nowhere appeared sitting by a fire, slowly paging through the leaves of a leather covered book.

She walked up to the woman and asked. "Where did you come from? I didn't see you here a moment ago. And how did you start this fire so quickly?"

Her questions went unanswered but were instead met with a reply in a serene voice, "Sit with me, child. I have something to show you."

As the young woman sat down beside the fire, the mysterious stranger handed her the book. She curiously turned the pages one by one and was amazed to discover they contained the story of her whole life from the early days of childhood to the present. She then came to the page telling of her encounter with the old woman by the fire during her walk on the beach, but upon turning to the next page, she found it empty. She frantically began to turn the rest of the pages in the book only to find that they, too, were all empty. In bewilderment, she looked to the old woman and pleaded with her to explain.

"Does this mean my life ends this night?"

"No, my child. It means tonight your life begins."

At that moment the old woman took the book into her own hands and began to tear out each of the pages with words, throwing them one by one into the fire until all that was left were blank pages.

She handed the book of empty pages to the young woman.

"You see," she said, "just as the waves washed away your footsteps in the sand, your past is forever gone, never to return. The only moment you ever truly possess is here and now. Each new moment is the beginning of the rest of your life and is to be lived to the fullest, for you will not have a chance to live that moment a second time. Most important of all, each new day brings an opportunity to love--one that may never come to you again.

"As for your future, you are free to shape it as you wish, for it has not yet been written."

Then, as mysteriously as she had appeared, the old woman stood to walk away and disappeared into the darkness of the night.

The above story is one of 25 lessons written in allegorical form in the book "For Love or Nothing - Lessons to Illuminate the Path to Love" by William Oak.


  1. A most interesting write and read, while I agree with we have to live for the present and future how can one let go of the past? I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren that are here because of my past. Without a past one can't have a present or a future, the mistakes we have made in the past set us in good stead for the future.
    Have a good day.

    ps: this is only my opinion lol.

  2. Beautiful and a great lsson for sure..thanks a lot for sharing:) Hope ur feeling better:)

  3. Hi Greetings:)

    I am awe struck by this wonderful and amazing story. It is truly inspiring. The story is absolutely true. It gave me fresh insight into my own life.

    Most of the time past haunts me, tortures me, pops up in my mind every now and then and paralyzes me. I waste considerable amount of time wallowing in self pity about things which I did or did not do in the past. Now, after reading this wonderful story, I think dwelling in the past in sheer waste of time and a futile exercise.

    SEIZE THE MOMENT. Only the present counts. What we do in the present is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN OUR LIFE. Our actions in the present will shape our future.

    I am sitting with a cup of tea at 6.30 in the morning and reading this marvelous story and contemplating on the powerful message. It gives me a new hope, new dreams, new aspirations.

    The lovely music from your blog is soul stirring and absolutely fantastic. I have decided to wait till all the songs are played. It is a treat.

    Many, many thanks for the inspiring story and the great songs.

    Have a lovely day my friend:)

  4. nice blog:)...I loved your posts...very inspiring indeed... will get round to reading more.:)

  5. This is absolutely wonderful!! Thank you!!

  6. very inspiring to let go past..hmm only if it was tat easy:)...nicely said dear:)

  7. Wonderful lesson indeed!

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  8. Love your blog! I have been absent too much from blogging this summer!!
    Enjoyed the story but I have to still have my favorite song of all time on your is symbolically representational stuff to me....Thanks!


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