No Regrets

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The truth is, I’ve done a lot of things I’m not very proud of in my life. But who hasn’t? No one is perfect. No one has all the answers, and no one is right all of the time. A few weeks ago I was thinking about some things that I’ve done in my past and how I overcame many obstacles that were placed in my path.  I came up with this:

instatruthWhen talking to a friend about regrets, I told him I don’t really have any regrets from things I’ve done or said in my past. This is mainly because had I not done or said some of those things, I may not be the person I am today. The things I do today help to shape and mold the person I will be tomorrow. I read a blog post recently that was featured on freshly pressed that coincided with my thoughts on regrets. How can we live with regrets and “should’a, would’a, could’as” and be content with the lives we have now? We can’t! I can’t regret the fact that I got involved with my kids’ father back in high school… To do that would mean I would also regret having my kids, which I certainly do not. Each experience in my life has taught me something. Whether it was a small, simple lesson, or a big, difficult lesson, I learned from the decisions I made. I’ve written about The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews before, and I go back to what I read and learned from that book because there was so much valuable information contained within its pages. In the very first decision of the seven decisions outlined in the book that determine personal success, it is written that “I am where I am today — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially — because of decisions I have made.” None of us can change our past. Some of us probably wish we could. I don’t. I truly believe that I am a stronger, wiser, and better person today than I was 10 years ago. I wouldn’t have that strength and wisdom had I not experienced the things I did.

Overall, I feel in order to do better, we must want better. I may not be where I want to be in life just yet, but I’m getting there. I know what I must do in order to be successful in life and I know it’s gonna take a little more time and  a lot more effort on my part. The willingness is there, I just have to keep pushing through.

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Haiku ~ My Future

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I will not dwell on
My past experiences
That does me no good

I cannot rely
On what ifs or the maybes
I have to move on

What will be will be
God alone knows my future
I will not assume

Maybe one day soon
The answers will be made clear
Soon I hope indeed