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What Makes Us “Look Back” Instead of “Looking Forward?”

Growing up in a class-conscious, male-dominated culture, Margaret Roberts Thatcher overcome much in her life before reaching the highest levels of political power in Britain. Still ... she sometimes looked back on events which may not always have been helpful.

Her personal assistant, Cynthia Crawford, had to remind the Prime Minister: “Don't look back.
You're not going there.”

Do you think Crawford’s advice makes sense? Why, or why not?

If we “look back,” to earlier events which were hurtful or harmful to us, does that have a tendency to keep us from moving forward? Explain your answer.

Sometimes it is tempting to rehash old events, even with people we care about, which tends to work against “forgiving and forgetting.” How can we heal if someone we love keeps bringing up our past mistakes? 


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