We usually find ourselves to be slaves of the past. The situation has occurred and has gone by but we are not able to forgive and forget the past. We continue to think about it again and again. This brings about the same feelings and experience of the past and we are simply caught up in it.
I need to free my mind of the past. I need to see what I have learnt from the past situation, take that and be free from it. I need to forgive and forget. I can forget only when I forgive and I can forgive only when I learn. When I take the learning from every situation. I am able to be free from being a slave of the past.