Isaiah 43:18 - Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
Going over the past in your mind can be productive, as you find ways that can help you not repeat the negative aspects. However, if you continue to focus on the past, especially if you blame yourself for what happened, ruminating can be destructive for your life. How do you handle your past? Do you remember it in a way to be constructive or do you only see hurtful memories?
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.