What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson has truly quoted “what lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” The elements within us are strong enough to make our lives more clear and positive towards our goals. One should not let the past happenings bother much, or worry about what the future holds for oneself. Because neither is as important as the strength of character a person have that will help one overcome both the past demons and future worries. 

On going deep inside its meaning, this quote clearly explains the beautiful aspects of living a simple life. Many theories and ways of living were revealed by many philosophers with different approaches. Every one focused on the happiest ways of living life. Main approach towards life by everyone is to learn from the past deeds and to step forward to make a better future and live life happily.

Many philosophers begin their theories starting from satisfying the basic needs to the self actuality needs. Abraham Maslow has given the pyramid structure of the need theory wherein the basic needs are at lowest level but with a greater need to start for a life and then at the top is the self actualization where the person meets inner elements and live life as a sole soul.

Ralph Waldo Emerson has collated the various elements of our needs from past and future as the tiny matters compared to the lying elements inside us within our souls and lightening our immense potential to come out of our heart and mind to lead us live a better life. Before us and behind us are many other things that we always look upon and always try to only focus on them. But we have never given a thought to the inner voice of our soul and never thought of following it linearly.

The need for understanding one self and meeting with the inner elements lying within the soul is the foremost challenge in front of a person to live a happy life. These inner elements are the only things that one must understand deeply and become friendly with all to gather the spark from different phases to convert it into an extensive lightening removing all darkness from one’s life.

A good question that comes to every one’s mind after reading the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is that, what are the elements that lie behind, before, and within us?

Behind us is our past and thus inscribed with all types of our works, lessons, happy and sad moments etc. and before us is our future which has its roots in our past and our present is the building block of the life path. Everyone has almost the same past with some difficulties, some drawbacks and some thoughts. Only the difference is between the elements inscribed within each person. Those are the only elements which describe the personality of a person and helps in molding the thoughts and adapt to the environment in present as well as in future.

The elements within us include our hopes, beliefs, fears, negative or positive thoughts, acceptance, negligence etc. and other feelings that makes us sometimes strong and sometimes distressed. Mostly we use our inner elements to motivate ourselves in our hard times. There are more elements within us which matter a lot. If we look upon our inside elements in a positive way then we can create our future in its best possible way.

Life has three phases to live, the Past, the Present, and the Future. Present keeps on turning to the past and we keep on moving towards the future. Everyone is well aware with the saying that “Learn from the Past to make Future Bright.” Past is something in which our mistakes, our learning, and our work have been crafted by us. Our past has embossed our life so deeply that we always keep thinking about past and keep on thinking to keep our future safe from all the mistakes done in past.

Past, present, and future are the only things on which every person keeps a track that matters a lot in exploring one’s own life. People never think of beyond these three phases of life nor try to get an insight of them.  Everyone in this fast world is just trying to focus only on the materialistic things and materialistic happiness. But everyone knows that this is not sufficient for a beautiful life.

Making our hopes stronger, believing strongly in our self and our soul, removing our fears of loosing anything and clearing all negativities from our mind and soul surely help us to make our lives strong and helps in creating our future brighter. These are only some internal elements which need to be focused strongly while thinking about the other elements of our past and future.

Almost everyone knows about Shaktiman, the Super Hero character of television. It is shown in the television show that while believing in our self and exploring our potential by making our thoughts positive and gathering all positive energy from universe we can become the Shaktiman, just like the super hero. By keeping heart pure within us and listening to the positive thoughts, makes our life more pure. This way everyone becomes a superhero by just giving great attention to the elements lying within us and giving the negligible attention to the elements behind and before us. They are just a small part of our big and long life.

‘Ralph Waldo Emerson’ by insightful quote has explained the importance of the elements lying behind, before and within us. How deep the meaning it has, can just be felt and experienced by maintaining positive thoughts. If any person starts to follow the insight of this quote will surely find the way to meet his own soul in a very different and the best way.


2 comments on “What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Love this quote so meaningful .
    but how do we acheive this
    when so much of your past destroys your future

    • Hello Larne,

      Hope you are doing good!

      Well it is not our past that destroys our future. It is only our thinking that affects our actions. Don’t think that any mis-happening in past destroys the future, but we must try to learn from the mistakes done in past. It is not the past or future that counts, but it is our present that makes us feel alive.

      Always remember that with a new Sun Rise comes a new day and a new Life begins. With this new Life in a new Day, we should start with a fresh mind leaving behind all the sadness, any grudge, or negative thoughts from the past.
      Absorb the positive energy from the Rising Sun and start the Day with the saying that “I Am The Best and This Is My Day.” And believe me, you will surely feel good and energetic, because your inner elements/inner self can listen to your voice only and can feel the positive energy that you are sharing with yourself.
      So, stay Happy always, feel good and embrace the beauty of this life given by God. Feel positive and the future will automatically be just Awesome. 🙂

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