Your Past Results Do not Dictate Your Future Results

Touch of the Masters HandI have always loved this short poem because it reminds us–each and every one of us–that our past results scarcely dictate and determine our future results. Too many of us often blame the circumstances of the past for where we are currently in life. That blame often leads to indecision, inaction, and impediment to the future that we truly desire and dream of.

I invite you to read this poem, then really think about your own circumstances and station. Do you truly believe that you are a prisoner of your past? Or, are you simply imprisoned by it until this moment? After all, you cannot escape from a prison if you do not know that you are in one.

Remember, too, that oftentimes you just need to find the right person to give you permission to be brilliant, to support you, and to hold you accountable to your goals. That person will also help you succeed and soar. Sometimes, you just need the touch of a Master’s hand.

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

“Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar a dollar”; Then Two! Only Two! Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three –“

But no, from the room, far back, a gray haired man came forward and picked up the bow; then wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, He played a melody pure and sweet as a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low, said: “What am I bid for the old violin? And he held it up with the bow. “A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make it three? Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice, and going, and gone,” said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not quite understand what changed its worth.” Swift came the reply: “The touch of the master’s hand.

And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin. A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; A game he travels on. He is “going” once, and “going” twice, he’s “going” and almost “gone.”

But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.

–Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch, 1921

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  1. People who live in the past cannot move forward, and if you stay in the past the people in your present and future are not going to appreciate who you are, and what you can become. And it always helps if you have a group of supportive friends and family members who can help you along your path. 😉
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  2. I love the poem. I’d not read it before. The message is so clear. I can picture the scene, and it rings true inside me.
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  3. Love this! It was a few years ago I decided to stop letting my past dictate my future,and though there are days when I find it hard to forget my yesterdays, I find my life seems so much more fulfilled when I do, and those are usually the days when I put my hands up and let the master do his work.

  4. Short and crisp.
    An expert is definitely needed manytimes…
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