"Let go them chains you been draggin' around" is a powerful lyrical expression, written by one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Jordan Price, in his song Forever Takes You.
In that line he implies that there is no value in carrying our burdens around with us every minute of every day. Perseverating on mistakes/miscues/regret from choices past has no redeeming value and only serves to weigh us down. Not only that, but carrying those burdens needlessly constrains our ability to achieve, even to function reasonably well, into the future.
There are really only two worthwhile reasons to "look back":
- Reflect on the work/lives/legacy of consequential others who preceded us.
- Learn from the past.
One of the most predominant toxins of "chain dragging" is a refusal to forgive.
Let us forgive, ourselves and others. "Let go them chains." Live well.