I can't get the thought out of my mind: the past is simply backstory to our present and to our future. Good ole' William (as in Shakespeare) said it first and best in the Tempest, Act 2, Scene I: "what's past is prologue, what to come in yours and my discharge."
Simple translation: life comes full circle; we write our future by what we've done in the past -- it becomes the prologue to today and tomorrow. And, yet, today and tomorrow remain in our hands, in our discharge and our free will. We get to choose how that past will impact each hour of each day. Some people might argue that the past is past and does not have to define us. True enough. But it does help determine the choices we make, the steps we take going forward. We don't have to repeat mistakes or continue on the same road, but, every day, what occurred yesterday is, I believe, the prologue to what will occur today, to the choices we make, the paths we choose to take.
While I wasn't consciously aware of that quote when I wrote Field of Destiny, that very concept is at the core of the novel. Every choice comes with a consequence. And every consequence leads us closer to, or farther away from, our chosen destiny.
Talking about choices: if you haven't noticed, I've changed the name of my Blog to Points of View, more closely reflecting what I want to explore, what I hope you will help me explore - ps
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