Sometimes, I look back on my upbringing with great fondness.

Great mates, fun adventures and life-changing experiences that contributed significantly to who I am today.

It was a time when I could jump and run without risking muscle strains and when there was very little to worry about or be responsible for.

It’s easy for me to consider these to be the glory days.

But the glory days aren’t in the past.

I’ve been a part of businesses where employees spoke with reverent tones about the days when money grew on trees, annual bonuses were automatically high and revenue increased exponentially each quarter.

They thought that they were the glory days.

But the glory days aren’t in the past.

Then there are churches full of empty pews that were once full.  The older parishioners reflect on the fiery pastor of 30 years ago who preached up a storm and filled the seats every week.

They thought that they were the glory days.

But the glory days aren’t in the past.

It can be tempting to reflect on the past and think that it will never get better than that.

But I’m an optimist.

That means looking to the future with hope.

It means dreaming and planning for better days.

It means spending more time looking through the front windscreen for opportunities, not gazing into the rear-view mirror at what has gone by.

It means that the glory days aren’t in the past.

Because the best is yet to come!

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