Last week, I visited my parents in Houston. One afternoon, my mom showed me an old loose-leaf notebook with recipes in it. It was a small black notebook that held recipes from my grandparents. Seemingly out of place was a quote from the great poet, Tennyson and a hand-written page containing, what I am assuming was thought from my grandfather.
On this page, written in red ink, he expounded on where life begins. It resonated with me, because it was as if it was written just for me. He has been gone a long time and I am not sure when this was written, but it was certainly for me in 2022. (Maybe it is written for you as well)
Of all the stupid, silly, useless, inexcusable habits – Regret is the tops.
Check up on yourself sometime and you’ll be astonished how much time is wasted in trying or wishing to undo something that is all finished beyond recall.
Regret is an enemy, and a very persistent one, as well as, a great time consumer.
Regret is useless – you can’t make things unhappen.
The only thing that binds you to an unhappy or unfortunate past is your own regret. Nobody else is going to care much about it.
The past is a closed chapter. The future is full of opportunities and possibilities, no matter whether you are forty or eighty.
Life begins at the very moment you cease to live in the past.
This is a challenge to all of us. The choices we have made in the past, are in the past. You cannot undo bad choices, but you can make a decision to make good choices in the future.
Philippians 3:13-14, “13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” CSB
If you are always looking back, you will never see what is ahead. Press on. Move forward. Let go of regrets and live.