Fandango’s Provocative Question #162- No Regrets

If you could have a second chance at just one event in your life, what would you choose? What would you do differently? How do you think your life would be different now?

Woulda, coulda, shoulda is the essence of this question. I find a direct answer to this question extremely difficult.
Did I have life decisions that turned ‘sideways’? Countless times. But I’m a ‘what’s done is done’ person who finds counting my blessings such an integral part of my life journey that focusing on regrets is nearly impossible. The ripples caused by life events are also countless. Not all are unpleasant, wrong-headed, or bad. Even what seems regretful, at first, often turns out to have a silver-lining.
Perhaps, my lack of interest in reviewing my past decisions comes from my acceptance that we all make mistakes and none of us has a clear view of the future. I humbly don’t give myself that much credit for my course.
To me, life is a series of reactions to events and situations. I feel no power in directing life beyond trying to react with the best intentions. Gosh, have you ever heard the saying, “Some of the worst ideas come from the best intentions.”? Well, those moments are for learning and growth, IMO. That’s probably why we have a bucket load of bad outcomes when we’re young and tend to do better later on.
So, I wouldn’t change a thing if given the chance. But I feel better equipped every day for making decisions that I can live with. Too bad we all have to learn the ‘hard way’ but I feel I’m happier focusing on my blessings rather than holding on to regrets.
I also believe whole-heartedly in forgiveness. Forgiving ourselves seems our hardest task.
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5 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #162- No Regrets

  1. Fandango 03/23/2022 / 2:35 pm

    A very constructive response to this week’s question. I agree that dwelling on past mistakes is not good, but learning from them is.

  2. rothpoetry 03/23/2022 / 7:57 pm

    I am afraid it might take a whole handful of mistakes for me!! :>)

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