Leave Your Regrets At The Door

There are always going to be mistakes in our lives that we wish we hadn’t made and things in our lives that we tend to regret.  The problem lies in when those mistakes and those regrets start to take up too much of our thought process.   We either forget the good things that might’ve come out of those mistakes or we dwell on the regrets so much that we can’t get our lives back on the right path.  What if we are so stuck on regretting what we didn’t get accomplished or not being at the place in life that we feel we should be that those regrets start to turn into procrastination and even worse, excuses.  Okay so you’ve now realized where it is that you went wrong.  Are you going to keep dwelling on that regret and that mistake or are you going to stop turning that regret into your next excuse and get your life back on track and back into high gear.

I say this as I am really just now beginning to fully understand it but our past is not our present nor does it have to be our future.  So often we become so obsessed with all of the regrets we have over what goals we were unable to achieve that we end up convincing ourselves that it is too late for those goals and that we are doomed to fail at anything we do.  Regretting what you did or didn’t do doesn’t enhance you in any way.  In reality all it does is drain you emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  We can’t allow our regrets to keep us chained to a prison of should of’s, could of’s and would of’s or else we will never turn them into a reality.  Plain and simple, regrets are just a waste of time, and time that none of us have to waste.     

We don’t plan on making as many mistakes in our lives as we do.  We make plans and navigate paths on how to get to our destination and just assume that everything will turn out the way we intend for them to.  We don’t leave much room for any error or account for any mistakes so of course we are taken aback when these mistakes that we didn’t see coming take us so far off course.  However the way to get back on track is not to fill our heads with regret after regret.  Eventually you have to take those regrets and turn them into awareness.  Become aware of your mistakes and instead of letting them become your regrets, let them remain your life lessons. 

At some point in our lives we all find ourselves wishing that we could go back and change our approach to different situations.  But some mistakes and outcomes are just beyond our control and no matter how much we would like to we can’t go back.  So why waste time wishing we could.  Why not take those moments we regret the most and use them as our motivation to turn things back around.  If we hold on to those regrets for too long they will eventually hold us back and they will become the next excuse of why we couldn’t accomplish something else we wanted to accomplish and inevitably they will breed new regrets.  It would be a shame to close the door on our future accomplishments by dwelling on the failed attempts at the old ones.  It is better to look ahead and prepare for what could be than to keep looking back and regret what could’ve been.    

Jimmetta Carpenter

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Release Date To Be Announced)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”









2 thoughts on “Leave Your Regrets At The Door”

  1. I have to say, every time I come to writetobe.wordpress.com there is another fascinating post up to read. A friend of mine was talking to me about this topic several weeks ago. I think I’ll send my friend the link here and see what they say.

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