Windshield or Rear-view?


Do you know that before Donut, Snippets, and the steadily growing HeirWalk Blog, there have been “Arise and Shine“, Gulp, Priestly Reflections, and Livingstone?
You surely haven’t heard about them, because they didn’t stand. Arise and Shine “digest” had about two or three issues and fell off the grid before 2007 or so. Gulp (2008-2009) “digest” didn’t fare well either, Priestly Reflections (around 2009 or 2010) is a testament to a blog that crashed as soon as it took off. Livingstone was a brand that failed to take. The dates are fuzzy in my memory, but the effects were remarkable.

“Anybody who says they’ve never been thrown or kicked by a horse hasn’t spent much time in the barn.” John Croyle (from Who You Are)

I’ve had both covert and openly embarrassing fails.

Our past mistakes or failures and the regrets that tag along can make us feel wholly inadequate for ever becoming much more than we’ve been in the past. In too many cases, it’s what keeps us stuck at home, stuck in life.

Although I check it up from time to time to see what I can learn from it, to pick up proper warnings and perspectives that might influence any decisions I want to make going forward, I am not stuck looking in the rear-view mirror – that will only guarantee continued crashes ahead. You shouldn’t too. Remember that the windshield is bigger and gives a better view.

“Past mistakes” is not one of the reasons to quit.

There isn’t, actually.


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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