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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-- Albert Einstein
 

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Beyond regret

Certainly there are things you’ve done in the past that you now wish you had not done. And there are surely things you’ve failed to do that you now wish you had done.

Regret can be quite painful, and yet in the pain of regret there is also power. Because with each regret you have the opportunity to learn, to adjust and to improve.

When the sting of regret comes upon you, let yourself feel that sting for a moment, but only for a moment. Then take that negative energy and turn it into something positive.

Instead of continuing to wallow in painful regret, learn from your mistakes and do something about them. There is nothing you can do to change the past, yet you can indeed change the value you get from what you’ve done in the past.

The most positive, forward looking thing you can do with the past is to learn all you can from it. Whatever your regrets may be, move beyond them by letting their pains teach you valuable lessons.

Then step confidently ahead, wiser and more experienced, with more solid, tireless determination than ever before.

— Ralph Marston

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