You can choose to move forward all the time – you go girl ! – but you can sometimes slow down a bit and add something to your moveforwardice : read your old pages, some letters from the past, or your diary; watch your steps in the sand, watch your soil.
I wrote my maison-page for twelve years (it’s in French sorryyy) and from time to time, once a month maybe, I read some parts of it, randomly. Some days, I find and read all the emails I wrote “the same day but one year before”.
It’s amazing how useful it can be, at times, to read what your wrote in the past. It helps you a lot, and in many ways. The more you know your path, your soil, your roots… the more what ?
You realise things : you have a tendency to make the same mistakes, you act along patterns. Your realise that your thoughts are like seeds, or little machines : they grow, mutate, change colors. you evolved. You are not the same person anymore… but you are, though.
It’s just as simple as a chest, a safe. You can find, in a awe, some great ideas your learned in the past and forgot in the wind of the years. De bonnes idées oubliées dans le passé…
Tool : Write, and keep what you write. Letters, articles, emails, blogs and diaries. When in need, plunge down back into this shit. You’ll be disturbed (you need to be). You’ll even discover things (like for the first time but not really, which is as good as a perfect Koan). You’ll smell your good soil and find probably some good old seeds – use them today.
If you don’t, don’t be surprised you sometimes look like a pale tree growing on some bland savourless nutritive liquid in the white tent of a greenhouse.
(oh snap I’m losing my english)