Don’t Look Back

Image Courtesy of DawnAllynnReading the title of this post, did you think that I was talking about the movie ‘Don’t Look Back,’ starring Bob Dylan. ‘Don’t Look Back’ is a 1967 documentary film by D.A. Pennebaker that principally covers Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom. In 1998, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

And ‘No,’ this post has nothing to do with the song ‘Don’t Look Back‘ by Boston.

This is a poem shared by a subscriber of Symphony of Love. This poem reminds me of a previous post I wrote on ‘We Can’t Take Today with Us.’ There is a similar message in this poem for us to look ahead and to move on with life.

There are numerous challenges in life and with these challenges, we often have to make difficult decisions. A lot of people dislike making decisions, especially because of the element of uncertainties. On top of that, making decisions usually require us to move out of our comfort zones; which many are resistant to change. However, when we do make decisions, let us embrace the changes and move forward courageously. The dawn is breaking …

Don’t Look Back

As you travel through life, there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made;
When the choices are hard and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is to simply let go and move on,
Gather courage together and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward-
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead,
If you can be stalwart enough.

There could be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend –
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can’t yet comprehend.

Perhaps you’ll find friendships that spring from new interests
As you challenge your status quo,
And you learn there are so many options in life
And so many ways you can grow.

Perhaps you’ll go places you never expected
And see things you’ve never seen –
Or travel to fabulous far-away worlds
And wonderful spots in between.

Perhaps you’ll find warmth and affection and caring –
A “somebody special” who’s there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do –
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They’ll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day.
There’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road,
Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

Contributed by Siow Wai Wong, Author Unknown.

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12 thoughts on “Don’t Look Back

  1. Sher

    Thanks for the message. Those words were so right!They were describing my life! 🙂
    I’m glad I did plucked up the courage and carry on this new road of my life’s journey.
    Yeap.. never look back. Actually when I do, I’m glad I did chose that path! Serves as a good reminder that my decisions were not wrong!

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  2. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Sher, I believe that the message is applicable to a lot of people including myself. There were times when I have to remind myself not to look back too. I’m sure you had made the right decisions especially when I am seeing that you are happy now. 🙂

  3. Shu Fen

    hmm not yet applicable to me …

    but i have thought about it so much before…

    everything i this world is so uncertain, how do u know when it is time to let go and move on?

    the difficulty in making a decision is perhaps not the hardest…the most difficult part comes when you have to stick to it and not doubt yourself.

    but..what if your decision WAS TRULY WRONG?

    this little puzzle is quite troubling…

    what i say is…

    spend as much time as you need on deciding.

    spend as much time as you need questioning yourself.

    you cannot force yourself to move on, if you do you might regret it forever.

    what comes will come. in the end it is your life, don’t be too intent on moving on or sticking around.

    whatever decisions you make will be made.

    Shu Fens last blog post..Naked Girl Has Super High IQ !?

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Shu Fen, there is always an element of uncertainty in things and when is it time to let go and move on? That I cannot answer for you. My question for you is, “when are you willing to let go and to move on?”

      Since there is always an element of uncertainty with making decision, there is always doubt if we are making the ‘right’ decision. We just have to learn to have faith and trust ourselves. In time when the decision makes is truly wrong, we have to learn to move on and moving on doesn’t mean sticking indefinitely to the decision; we may have to make new decision. This is probably the reason why many dislike making decision as making decision means moving out of comfort zone at most time.

      Indeed, there is no need to be too hasty in making decision and it is better to think through things before making decision. The greatest challenge is deciding to decide.

  4. Sher

    Hi BK.
    I guess the right time is when you have made up your mind to let go. Once you’ve made it, don’t look back. Decisions maybe right or wrong.. but never look back. No regrets. Live life that way! And one will be happy!

  5. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ Sher, I agree with you that the ‘right’ time is when you have made up your mind to let go and that is the reason why I mentioned in the comment above that the greatest challenge is deciding to decide. But once we decided, then we shouldn’t look back … good or bad. We can only learn from the consequences of the decisions made and continue to move on from there.