past[past, pahst] Show IPA
gone by or elapsed in time: It was a bad time, but it's all past now.
of, having existed in, or having occurred during a time previous to the present; bygone: the past glories of the Incas.
gone by just before the present time; just passed: during the past year.
ago: six days past.
having formerly been or served as; previous; earlier: three past presidents of the club.
The past- something we learn from, something we may not want to repeat. In the course of our lives we all develop a past; as individuals, as a family, as a society. So why do we value it? Without it we would not be who we are. Foundations of our lives were formed in our past; a heritage. While dwelling in the past is not the ideal, building upon it and learning from it are key. The lives we live now will be 'the past' for another.
In loving and leading our children, we desire for them to learn from the past. National and world history, Biblical and personal histories; all vital learning tools. Taking the elements available, our children will learn who they are..where they come from, and how our lives came to be what they are. Such knowledge builds a foundation for their lives which they can develop and grow for their future families.
To know your histories is one part, but skills from the past are another. We have taken many summer sessions to learn skills from our pioneer heritage; candle and soap making, gardening, agriculture and livestock practices...there is so much to learn! Modern technology has its place, but to learn the 'harder' or 'slower' way can benefit us down the road. For example, we know how to wash laundry with a scrub board and wringer... during a severe hurricane (no power for three weeks) we managed laundry quite well. Being able to cook on open fire blessed us with meals during those days.
Our past is a piece of our futures. We treasure the 'where we've been' and look forward to were we will be by valuing and learning from those who came before us; from the pieces of our past.