Nostalgia

Blog 1453 – 09.10.2019

Nostalgia

The dictionary defines nostalgia as “A wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.”

Many people of all ages feel a tug on their heart strings from time to time to go back to a former place, time, or person, and to relive a few especially precious moments. It is a dangerous habit to indulge especially for us older folks. Nostalgia is a deeply addictive drug. Once you start looking back too much you soon forfeit today and any tomorrow(s) that might derive from it – you are trapped in an endless loop. That is the way many describe that “after place” called hell that I no longer believe in though I do believe many people can make and have made their lives into a literal hell for not only themselves but for the others who buy into their thoughts, private interpretations, and unholy desires to return to a golden age that probably never was instead of making today all it can and should be.

Life is meant to be good and lived mostly if not entirely in the present moment. Indeed those we have known and loved and the places we have been have shaped the person that we are today therefore we should smile and share ole memories briefly when we have the opportunity paying homage and reverence to them but we should be wise and resist that siren call to go backward. Forward, onward, and upward are the only safe and sane directions to go, or so says this time and space traveler.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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