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Friday, April 17, 2020

Emancipate from past shackles

Emancipate from past shackles

By Jean Ricot Dormeus

From the time I knew my grandmother, she never ate sweet potatoes. Touching it or using it for a dish? No way. I became curious about her block, because to my knowledge there was no history of allergy to sweet potatoes in the family. My grandma told me that she had made the decision to stop eating the tuber out of disappointment following an argument with my grandfather. She took her decision so seriously that she stuck to it even after the passing of her life partner.

This story speaks to past shackles that still bind so many people. Knowing our past and where we come from may throw a bridge and chart a course to our future. However, falling in excessive admiration of or tying a negative anchor to the past may stifle our relationships, our dreams and even our desire to learn. We mainly need to take lessons from our experiences to improve our social skills and chances of success.

Are you among those who renege on love or friendship because of a bitter fallout? Do you feel a block to reading because a teacher said you didn't measure up? Or do you refrain from taking business or training initiatives because of past failures? 

If you relate to one of these categories, think again. When I consider the successes I have had in my life, they have come after zillion failures. Some of my trusted friends emerge from situations that could have inspired bitterness and grudge to many people.

Therefore, let's turn our past into a fertile ground where germinate and burst out the seedlings of the trees that will bring cooling shade and bear fruits for better life. Let's emancipate from the shackles of the past.

Jean Ricot Dormeus

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