At one point or another, every one of us has wrestled with regret. We wish we had approached a situation differently or taken that risk or taken an opportunity when it presented itself, but we didn’t. I often hear people talk about regrets they have about decisions they made many years ago or decisions they did not make. Their regret weighs on them like an anchor, and often prevents them from moving forward. Regret does not need to be something that we carry into the future, constantly replaying it back in our heads. Regret can be a barrier, or it can be a compass, helping us to make better decisions. The choice is yours.
Instead of dwelling on mistakes, let’s use them to move forward, to act as steppingstones and catalysts for growth.
Something to Think About
Life can be a demanding journey, often pushing us to move past limitations and belief systems. When we do? Life rewards us with growth, change, and new opportunities.
Have no regrets moving forward; consider everything a learning experience.
Words of Wisdom
Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So take every opportunity. – Cameron Diaz
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – John Wooden
Regrets only apply when we don’t learn from a situation. No sense looking back: look forward with new knowledge and no regret. – Catherine Pulsifer
When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell