How many times have you said “Oh, I wish I’d have followed my passion” or ” I wish I had taken time to do this” or “I wish I hadn’t been afraid to do that?” When we look back on our life, it seems we always have something we wish we could have done differently.
Reflecting back on our experiences is just part of life! The difference is whether we look back on all these experiences and wallow in our regrets or if we are full of gratitude and learn from them.
Be grateful for all your experiences
Experiences that we regret teach us and play a role in making us who we are today. When I look back on my life there are things I wish I had done differently. However, I see how these experiences have shaped me into who I am today. I try to be a better person because of the choices I made and not regret them but be grateful for them.
Look for the good in your regrets. What did they teach you? What do you do now that is so much better because of them? Finding reasons to be grateful for what happened takes the negative and turns it into a positive. And gratitude feels so much better than regret.
An inspiring video – every day is a clean slate
I started to think about “regrets” when I saw this video on a friend’s Facebook page and I thought it was very inspirational. A chalkboard was placed on a street in New York City asking strangers to write their biggest regret. I think it is a great reminder of the power we all have to turn regrets into something very powerful.
Let’s not regret what we did not do, but, rather take every day as an opportunity to be grateful and do the things we will never regret. Every day is a clean slate!