Forgive the Past, Believe in the Future3 min read

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I am a writer and digital artist based in London, UK. My artwork on http://www.camzhu.com involves abstract themes and Chinese characters. I am currently writing a travel memoir of a 6 month trip round South East Asia entitled 'Transiting'.

Friendly advice can come from a whole range of sources. In a world saturated with images and messages it is important to recognize the most useful sources of advice are often closer to home than we think.

The Power of the Journal

I don’t often keep journals but I am aware of the power of keeping one. Today I looked through a journal of my travels as a 19 year old on my own in South East Asia for six months. I recorded a journal page every day of that trip and while some would say this a little self-indulgent, the end product is a book full of anecdotes and a snapshot into my personal history.

What it meant is that each day I had to reflect on what had happened, digest the events and convey them to the pages in a way that made sense. The process was like having a daily debrief. It helped keep my mind in order through the sometimes turbulent experiences of life on the road. In addition to having a function during the time, it is now a source of motivation for me.

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Today’s Advice

The most pertinent advice I found today is a three sentence mantra: Forgive the Past. Believe in the Future. Imagine the Present.

Forgiving the past is important because the past can hold us back in so many ways. We are each conditioned by our personal histories but if we don’t forgive the people who have wronged us and the events that have affected us we may never move on. Breaking free of traumatic experiences that have left psychological scars is difficult, but learning to live beyond the reach of the past is liberating.

Believing in the future must be the central tenet of this advice. I recall a saying, “He who has hope has everything”, and to some extent it’s true. If you constantly and determinedly hold on to the belief that the situation will improve then you will increase your ability to survive any ordeal.

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Cameron Robertson

I am a writer and digital artist based in London, UK. My artwork on http://www.camzhu.com involves abstract themes and Chinese characters. I am currently writing a travel memoir of a 6 month trip round South East Asia entitled 'Transiting'.

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