“The Israelites said to Moses and Aaron, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”” Exodus 16:3 NIV
This is the story of the Israelites who were overcome with nostalgia. They lived in slavery for many years and a slavery mentality became their default setting. An opportunity for them to be set free showed up, but they did not grab it wholeheartedly. While in slavery, they ate all the food they wanted! Their minds were in this comfort zone of just having enough to eat for the day. In their thinking, they simply wanted food just to survive. What they didn’t realise is that being in slavery was not giving them the freedom to pursue other interests or produce more than they were allowed after working so hard for it. Their greatest need must have been to secure freedom. Freedom would have opened doors to them to go and produce whatever food they wanted without being driven by slave masters.
After unwillingly accepting to leave their slave masters, their joy was short lived. They met challenging circumstances on the way to freedom. They reminisced about their past and how they missed the food they ate. They were overcome with nostalgia. They didn’t think about the state of slavery they were in although they received the food they craved.
We all tend to choose what comes easy. When faced with challenges, we start using a losing language that reveals how stuck and comfortable we are in our old ways. We grumble instead of thinking of ways to improve the situation and persevere until we win.
A losing mindset is one that does not see opportunities in challenging times. It only sees difficulties, problems, it talks fear which leads to paralysis, procrastination and getting more stuck.
What are you nostalgic about? Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead is the winning mentality that will move you from where you are to where you want to be. Forgetting does not mean that you deny that something happened, you simply choose to intentionally disregard that experience and move on. Whatever the past has thrown at you, don’t get stuck in there, leave the trash behind, but pick up the good lessons and press on. The past cannot hold you down and no one can use it against you because your past is the classroom that has shaped the person that you are today. It’s the desire to free yourself from the things that held you down that will give you the determination to forge ahead. Keep moving, put one foot in front of the other. You will get there. Don’t get stuck in the wilderness because you’re thinking about the little you enjoyed while in slavery. There’s plenty ahead. Grumbling about the past and thinking that there’s no way out is very stressful.
Making decisions about your desires and sticking to them is self motivating and it contributes to emotional well being. Caring for yourself Spirit, Soul and Body leads to Wholeness.