The Wasteland of Regret

August 11, 2022 pwm1

Regret is an appalling waste of energy. It cannot be built upon; it is only good for wallowing in.

—Katherine Mansfield (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

We have all had regrets in life. I look back on one incident in particular and ask myself, “Why did you make that decision?” I let it gnaw at me. On a number of occasions, I have awoken—in a cold sweat—from a dream surrounding that time period. I am going about my business as if I had made the right choice, when someone approaches me and says something to the effect of, “Why are you here? You don’t belong here.”

We can’t change our past decisions, but when we live in a state of regret we are only amplifying, giving more power to, those choices. Nothing can grow in the wasteland of regret. Instead of dwelling there, we must make the conscious decision to move boldly forward, toward bountiful, green pastures. By accepting the past and focusing on a bright future, we free ourselves from the mental bondage and begin to live a happier, more fulfilling life.  

—Mike Hazell

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