Noun challenge: July 30, 2014
Today’s noun: Regret
Sorry this post is coming so late. Today has been a little busier than usual, and I was having some internet connection problems this morning. So, to make this easy, here are some of my favorite quotes about regrets.
“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” -Rita Mero
“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” -Mercedes Lackey
“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” -Victoria Holt
Of course there are more great quotes about regret, but I don’t want to bore you. However, I do want to explain to you why I think regret is the most useless emotion. For starters, it only ever comes up when you are reflecting on something that’s already done with. At that point, there’s nothing that can be done about it; it’s over. It would be more useful if it came up during the decision making process, but it doesn’t. It just likes to waste your time later on.
Not regretting things is not the same as not learning from them. If you try to see everything as a learning opportunity, you won’t spend as much time regretting something that can’t be changed.
When I find myself regretting something, I try to think about the things that I can take away from the experience. That way it’s not something that I can honestly say I wish never happened. If it had never happened, I would have missed out on that learning experience.
Does that make sense? I hope so.
As always, have a blissful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!