Ol’ Blue Eyes could belt out a mean tune and “My Way” was one of the meanest. Haven’t we all had them—those annoying, disheartening disappointments?
Mark Twain said it best . . . “Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Sometimes I think back and moan and groan about the things I didn’t do and could’ve done. Usually there was an excuse (that seemed logical/rational at the time): I’m too old to pursue that, I don’t have the experience to apply, I can’t not have an income, it’s not in my stars . . . . blah, blah, blah. Now I want to constantly kick myself in the butt because I didn’t take a risk or two and try!
But there’s a wonderful and inspiring quote from Maria Robinson: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
All is not lost. Nor should I (or anyone) believe it ever was. Today is the beginning of the rest of my life—you’ve head that said often enough. It’s important to realize that what’s behind us—no matter how tragic, awful, disheartening, or regrettable—is precisely that. Behind us. Nothing done, said, or wished is going to change what lies in the past. Move on.
Do something proactive and positive—start doing some serious mental, emotional and spiritual knocking on doors of opportunity, no matter how large or thick or imposing. There are plenty of them out there; let’s open them wide!
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