Learning from my past

Post written by Orsolya Hernold

I am not a great fan of looking back and contemplating on the past. But there is one area when I think it is useful for my development. When I am to set out doing a new project, a new endeavor, gaining strength from the past is reassuring. When I decided to start writing for the public, I followed these questions to be brave enough to start to post my thoughts.

I have done this already a couple of times in my life: I looked at my accomplishments, my good deeds, and the feedback I got from people. These events or actions are not always great successes – they might be as small as complimenting someone that was benevolent and had an impact on the other. But the fact that I have already done something good what people noticed and gave me positive, unexpected feedback, can boost my motivation and self-confidence to start something new.

You may think that praising yourself is a selfish act, but I emphasize that concentrate on things that others noted. This way it is more objective and can be a real building block in your self-esteem.


I firmly believe that everyone has done something good already. And looking over these experiences helps us have a better picture of ourselves. Why is this important? Giving love, care, tolerance, attention to another can be practiced and why not start with yourself? If you can see and acknowledge your own strengths and accomplishments, it will be much easier to do it with someone else, someone you love, someone you care for. It is worth the effort.

I was 16 when I had to answer this question the first time: What would I do to make this world a better place to live? I wrote about teaching.

Looking back at your work you have just written, gaining self-confidence from your deeds of the past, summarize for yourself: what will I do for the betterment of this world?


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