Error has no history

"History repeats itself." For some, that saying is a sad testament to society's inability to prevent past mistakes from happening again. For others, it's a caution, a reminder to learn from past mistakes, emerging from them wise enough to avoid those same pitfalls in the future. Perhaps, though, there's another lesson to be learned that could not only help us avoid making the same mistake over and over again but alter our concept of history altogether.

I've found that when the thought comes to me that a mistake or difficulty I experienced in the past might recur, the best thing for me to do is to remind myself that the problem——whether illness, an angry outburst, or financial difficulty——has no real history.

No more winter blues
February 17, 1997

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