I have a bad past. That’s just a fact. Not only did bad stuff happen to me, but I carried on in some less than fabulous ways. I drank way too much. I was into drugs very badly at one point. I looked for love in all the wrong places. Does this sound like you too? Today’s Daily Quote is from the Marquis de Sade, the French writer and aristocrat. He was born on June 2, 1740. He said the following:
In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.
I tell people all the time that I know the true meaning of the term “salvation”. Just because I have a bad past does not make me a bad person…then or now. In my opinion, it makes me even more qualified at what I do for a living. It is really difficult to talk to someone who has never gone through what you are experiencing. I can really relate to my clients. I can say to them, “I understand. I really do.” and actually mean it. I had to realize that the past does not create the future or who I am today. I forgave myself for the things that I did that were harmful to myself or others. I asked for forgiveness of those that I could find. I vowed to do better. I have. You have too. I learn from my mistakes. So do you. We will not be making the same ones again!
For today, look at your past versus your present. Look how far you’ve come. Look at the battles you’ve won. Look at the lessons you learned. Look at the fact that you are so virtuous now because you have known such vice. You have come from a negative place to a positive place. If you’re like me and can say I have had a bad past, then for today, let’s celebrate our salvation and our freedom! Let’s stand in gratitude for the gifts we have been given and the peace that we have found. It is truly a gift!