Regret, what a loaded word. For some reason that word has entered my thoughts a few times over the past couple of weeks. Generally, the word regret is associated with a negative circumstance. I think of the phrase “I regret to inform you…,” or “I look back over my life with regret…” In both of these phrases, there is an undesirable connotation.
Regret is often defined as a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. I suspect that most individuals would be able to describe some level of regret in their lives.
What crossed my mind is the thought that if you can articulate regret, are you able to articulate what you can do to address or lessen the regret. The nine most common regrets that people have at the end of their lives include:
When I look at this list, I think to myself that if God’s wakes you tomorrow, you have an opportunity to address any regret. As you look at the list, which ones resonate with you? Are you spending too much time at work? Is there something you feel you should be doing to be a better spouse, parent, child, or friend? Do you want to take better care of yourself? Do you need to repair a relationship? Is there a dream you have postponed or been afraid to follow?
Let me encourage you to seize the day (Carpe Diem) and begin to live a “regret free” life. Ask God for His guidance and trust in His promises.
Let Philippians 3:13-14 serve as an encouraging scripture – “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Glory To God For All That He Has Done
Blessings – Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF