The difference between

brooding and reflecting is

direction of thought.

Brooding is backwards,

spiraling fast out of control

without an intent.

It reminisces,

wishing things turned out better,

casting blame and doubt.

Reflecting serves us -

it extracts useful pieces

of experience.

It helps us to grow,

to see how what we have done

can teach us to live.

So - to think forward,

consider how your choices

improve character.

Let the past inform

who you’ll be in the present;

don’t let it rule you.