Don’t Look Back

“Don’t look back. Someone may be gaining on you.”

This was Satchel Paige’s advice. Don’t violate it. He used that to refer to his sport, that once you look back, you may be tempted to go back.

There’s this Filipino saying, “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” (He who does not look back from where he came from, can never reach his destination.)

I agree with this proverbial statement as long as it refers to the spirit of neighbourly love, support and care. As long as it means using the capital you have gained to raise a future of godly and wise neighbours and family members. But there is a subtle meaning here that could endanger one’s psychological well being if not spotted.

This could also mean, that when you striving to reach ahead of the race, and look back to those who did not run or are lazy to run, that you look back and go and stay with them. This could be the case for most Filipinos or other nations who, instead of moving onward and upward, we tend not to because of the people that we have to look back. So, instead that everyone is moving forward, both of you are slowing down or even stagnating.

This is also true spiritually. Like Paul, you “…press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. But then your friends and neighbors who refuse to seek the Light and stay in darkness would say to you “Look back. Wala kang pinagsamahan (you have no sense of comradeship). We don’t feel we’re your friends anymore.” This is certainly the abused interpretation of that Filipino proverb. So instead of gaining forward and staying ahead of the curve that would benefit the rest, you went back for the few and progress was impeded. Instead of winning them and yourself and the rest of the world, you lost the three.

So, “Don’t look back. Someone may be gaining on you.”

What this means is that you look ahead of every endeavour of your life and continue to push through because others are looking at you and are benefiting through you. Whether in your successes or failures, don’t look back and try to return.

This is true in your job. Don’t look back because people are watching you and gaining insights from you. Just look at the person ahead of you and strive to become better and stronger. This is also true in your calling, in sports, games, and life in general. Don’t look back, someone may be gaining on you.

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