Saturday, January 22, 2011

Don't Regret A Thing

Pin It Now! You are your own worst critic. A cliche phrase... but without a doubt true. The question is then, why are we so critical of ourselves? Is it because we feel pressure to be perfect, to live up to society's unwritten expectations, to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride? Whatever it is, the never-ending cycle of evaluating our every move, every decision, every thought and can be tiring and extremely hard on our sense of self.

While "critiquing" ourselves, we tend to evaluate the decisions we have made in life and view them with an inevitable sense of guilt. We regret our actions, our thoughts, our decisions, every aspect of life we consider less than perfect.

I propose to forget regret. Forget all that it stands for: the sense that we should constantly be aware of all that we have done wrong in life as if it were possible to somehow fix it now. The truth is, the past is in the past... and as much as we may want to, we can't go back to fix it. We can only go forward. By forgetting regret and considering our mistakes some of our most valuable life lessons, we can live to take advantage of what we are doing today... what we are doing right now. If we focus on the past, the present may fly right by.

So whatever has been bugging you, making you doubt yourself, I encourage you to let it go. Focus on today. Focus on living in the present. Regret can be a monster... don't let it control you.

"But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. "
Isaiah 43:1



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