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Finding ways to leave the past behind you is often the hardest thing we do. But there are things you need to let go of because it’s a necessary process to living a happy fulfilling life.

And I don’t know about you, but that’s one of my aims for life.  That it’s happy and fulfilling.

But it isn’t always an easy thing for any of us.

There’s a fine art to life. It’s a sort of mingling between letting go and holding on and knowing which one to do and when to do it.

One thing’s for sure, if you don’t leave the past behind you, you can never make room for the present and the future.

And I have successfully failed to let go and leave the past behind more often than I’ve hot dinners!  So clearly I’ve missed out on a lot of future goodies.

Which means I had to learn to let go more easily, ‘cos I had a lot of catching up to do.

I had to remind myself that leaving the past behind didn’t mean I didn’t care about someone or something anymore.  I just had to adapt to life’s ever-changing realities and appreciate what every experience and every someone taught me.  They all brought gifts that have helped me grow.

Here’s 21 quotes to help you leave the past behind you 

  1. As we mature and become wiser, it becomes easier to see what we need to keep and what we need to leave behind.  Walking away is the same as moving forward. 
  2. How can you achieve your full potential if you’ve got too firm a grip on things it would be better to let go of.
  3. If we want to fly we have to leave the earth, if we want to move forward we have to let go of the past that holds us back.
  4. Sometimes letting go and leaving the the past behind you is simply about changing the way you’ve thought about things. Looking at the past with a new perspective.
  5. If you have a hard time leaving the past behind, remember this, unless you let go of the situation from the understanding that it’s over, you can’t move forward.
  6. Life is a cycle and some cycles need to be shut down, because they no longer fit into your life.  So close the door. Change the tune. Clean house. Stop being who you were so you can be who you’re meant to be.
  7. Be brave enough to burn your bridges.  That way you have no choice but to keep moving forward.
  8. Sometimes we just have to accept what’s here today by letting go of what was and having faith in what’s to be.
  9. Letting go doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you’re brave and strong enough to accept it’s time to let go, and you just go ahead and do it.
  10. Holding on to something that was good for you in the past is probably the very reason you don’t have something better.
  11. Don’t be afraid of change.  Change happens because we keep growing.  When life flows, flow with it. It isn’t always easy, but it will be worth it.
  12. Once you begin to see you deserve a bright, exciting future, letting go of your dark, painful past will come to be the best choice you ever made.
  13. The past is dead. It’s over. It’s gone. It’s done.  It’s time to bury it. Why would you choose to live with decaying memories?
  14. One of the hardest battles in life is between hanging on and letting go.
  15. A fearful past can only cause a fearful future unless you let it go.  You can’t experience love when you are living in fear.
  16. Release yesterday. Leave the past behind you. It’s never coming back. Today is a chance to allow the new you to bloom.
  17. You’ve got to know that things don’t always happen the way you think they should, so let go of expectations and prepare to be thrilled with what life has in store.
  18. If you miss the boat, let it go.  It’ll be okay there’ll be another one along soon.
  19. Don’t allow the world around you to keep moving while you remain stuck.  Let go of the old habits that hinder your happiness and allow yourself to thrive.
  20. Peace of mind happens when you choose to be at peace with the stories your mind continually tells. It arrives when you let go of the need for things to be other than they are.
  21. Leaving the past behind you is about embracing life’s changes, trusting in yourself, and appreciating that every experience and person will bring you value.


 Final thoughts 

Whatever you do please don’t say to yourself, “Why don’t you just let go and get over this?” 

If it were that simple we’d all do it all the time, because letting go of the negative things that continue to hurt and wound us is a no-brainer. 

It just isn’t that easy. So give yourself a chance to think and explore. Allow yourself the time to learn and grow at your own pace.  

Take the time to get to know yourself and discover that you are a precious, extraordinary soul.

It’s not the easiest thing in the world to take a look at ourselves through the eyes of love so be nice and gentle with yourself and just pay attention to what’s out of sync and not working, take your courage in your hands and believe in yourself.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer
Elle Sommer is the author of the Mindset Mastery Series and when she's not searching for the secrets of the Universe or discovering a new technique that supports her growth and life expansion, she's on a mission to support others to become the best version of themselves through her popular personal development website Live Purposefully Now. Her website features original weekly articles on happiness, inspiration, gratitude, productivity, success, wealth, hope, and positive living. Her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to build the business, relationships and life they want.

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