Thursday Thought: Regret

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Don’t regret anything you do, because in the end it makes you who you are.”
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There are a number of messages just like this floating around, I think with the intent of wanting you to let go of the past and own all the different parts of you, even the ones you don’t feel so proud to share.

re·gret    rəˈɡret/    verb
  1. feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity).

The thing is, without regret we have little room for growth. If we’re not disappointed by our words or actions (or often, inactions), then we’re not learning how to be a better version of ourselves when the opportunity presents itself next time.

It’s okay to regret the awful words that escaped your mouth when [you were angry]. It’s okay to regret the awful behavior you displayed when [you were caught off guard]. It’s okay to regret not saying you loved someone when [you had the chance].

Regret doesn’t change who you are or disallow you to take responsibility for your words/actions/inactions, or negate the fact that you are a whole person having done these things you regret.

Instead of holding onto regret and feel bad about yourself for whatever happened in the past, use it as a trigger that offers you an opportunity to think about what you would do differently if you found yourself in a similar situation.

Ponder and then let it go.

 

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