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Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

June 21, 2023

The focus for today is:

I leave the past behind, and
turn my attention to where I am going.

Today's inspiration was written by Alan Cohen:

In the famous biblical story, God advised Lot and his family to leave Sodom because the city was about to be destroyed; God told the family to leave quickly and not look back.

On their road to freedom, Lot's wife turned to see what was happening back there, and she turned into a pillar of salt. Certainly this did not happen physically -- the story is a metaphor, a grand piece of advice for all times: Don't get involved with what you are leaving behind.

Your past may be loaded with pain, suffering, and difficulty, but you are trying to build a new life. Leave the past where it was, and turn your attention fully toward where you are going. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Bigger Than Hope: Hoping vs. Knowing
     Written by Alan Cohen.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of leaving the past behind, and turning your attention to where you are going (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Have you noticed that many times, when you get together with friends, the conversation focuses on the past... what happened, whether good or bad. Let's make a concerted effort to change our conversations to what we desire to take place and how to make that happen. Changing our focus from the past to the future, or at the very least the present, will make a huge difference in our lives. 

Our focus for today: I leave the past behind, and turn my attention to where I am going.

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Alan CohenAbout The Author

Alan Cohen is the author of the bestselling A Course in Miracles Made Easy and the inspirational book, Soul and Destiny. The Coaching Room offers Live Coaching online with Alan, Thursdays, 11 am Pacific time, 

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