“That’s when I felt dumb and stupid,” my friend, Alicia, said.
“Have you ever been able to let it go…for a time?” I asked.
“Not really. I wish I could,” she said.
This conversation really gripped me. With my depression symptoms, I have endured several times when I was angry with myself. I felt terrible.
I needed to look at positive actions that I could take.
Here are three insights.
- Prevent Regret
Do you listen to yourself? Do you pause and think about how you might feel in the future about a present decision?
Sometimes, I pause. I reflect on the situation. I say to myself, “If I don’t do this, I will regret it.” This can get me into action.
I learned about “rocking chair regrets.” Picture that you’re older and in a rocking chair. Will you regret certain things you did not do?
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain
I have a friend who made a feature film. Did it make money? No. Does she regret doing the film? No. Why? It was an adventure, and it led to good things for many people in the cast and crew.
“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee
So how can you tell what you will regret when making a decision? Think of the rocking chair. How will you feel when you reflect on your life?
Carefully make choices and consider appropriate risks for you to have a good life.
- Handle the regret you have.
What is life? Learning and growing. If you have a regret, think to yourself, “What’s the lesson I can learn from this?” Mistakes are for learning. The classic comment is: “Wisdom comes from bad decisions.”
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
That’s part of handling regret. Tell yourself: “When I know better, I do better.”
I have a friend who says, “I don’t go backward.” He is an artist. He completes projects, moves forward, and starts the next project. Some of his projects fail to get the response he’d like. He does not get stuck in revising his old work. He focuses on building a collection of his work.
I talked with a screenwriter who said, “A smart screenwriter has one screenplay put into the marketplace…one screenplay she is finishing…and one screenplay she is starting. She is not afraid about having only one project. She avoids regretting that she did not take action.”
- Invite Goddess to help you handle regret.
Goddess and God stand by to support you.
Here is a prayer to support you:
Goddess of the Moon and Lord of the Sun,
Help me let go of regret and use the lessons learned to do better.
Infuse me with the energy of calm in this present moment.
So Mote It Be.
May these insights support your journey.
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