"The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."
~ Ralph Blum ~
Sometimes the past bubbles up in a soothing kind of way, nostalgically, and brings comforting memories of times gone by; and sometimes it rears up with fangs. I prefer the former, but find that the latter is a helpful, if sometimes painful, tool to show me which lessons I have forgotten that I already learned.
I accept that the past rises up to sooth me, or teach me, and either way, I make sure to pay attention.