Spanish philosopher George Santayana is credited with the old adage: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Sometimes to stop making mistakes from the past, we got to learn the lessons from the past. That is not to say that every bad thing that happens is our fault, because none of us have total control of our future. Truth is, sometimes the same bad things happen to the same people. That's called bad luck.

On the other hand, we are a little hard-headed and that's called human nature. Mankind has faced more than 20 of the deadliest epidemics and pandemics on the planet, in large part due to that human nature issue. Though we have gotten better at learning how to protect ourselves from ourselves, we obviously we got room for more improvement. So, how do we change course and stop making the same ol' mistakes? Hey, I'm only human and guilty as charged. However, I was curious and I went looking for the answers. Below are some of the results, 10 things we all can do to stop reliving some of history's worst moments.

1. Recognize behaviors that lead to mistakes

2. Recognize what we are doing right

3. Replace old behavior with new ones

4. Acknowledge our mistakes

5. Learn or get help coping with stress

6. Use tools to avoid making the same mistakes

7. Be prepared or have a game plan

8. History will keep repeating itself until you change

9. Stop looking for perfection

10. The definition of insanity...

When we know better, we do better. Let's live, laugh, and love each other a little harder. Life is short enough. Santayana also said of human nature, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Those are truly words to live by. Maya Angelou offered us all a lot of wonderful advice throughout her life, but here are her final pearls of wisdom for the next generation.

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