I love quotes. Over the years, I used them to keep me focused during my busy daily routine. My computer, my desk, my fridge and my mirrors have one thing in common – they bear sticky notes with a thought or reflection. I admit that I am a “thought hoarder.” I do not seek a cure, for the joy of hoarding ideas is too exhilarating to give up.
This past week, I have been thinking about what keeps us from moving forward. The first word that came to me was: regret. It seems to be a human frailty. Yet, it has the potential power to build resilience and fortitude. Regret reminds us that time is finite – that what we say, or do not say, makes a difference, that what we do or do not do has consequences. Embracing regret is not wallowing in self-pity. Rather, it is about saying that today, I will begin again.
This coming week, LadyBudd will explore my favourite quotes on regret. I invite you to join the dialogue.
“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other path, no other way, no day but today.”
― Jonathan Larson, Rent
There are things in this world that are bigger than you and me: mountains, oceans, and the sky. Perhaps the greatest stretch for humanity is to live up to our ideals and fulfill our personal destinies. Carl Schurz, (1829 – 1906), with all his life experience as a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, and Union Army General in the American Civil War, can give us a fresh approach.
“Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with you hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.” Carl Schurz
We all wait for a sign to move, to begin, to speak, to laugh. It’s about action, movement, progress, all of which is associated with personal productivity and value. Sometimes, we must heed a different message, especially when the sign is blocking your path. Stopping may be the only choice. And maybe, it will be lead to a life-changing experience.
“Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.”
Mary Catherine Bateson (daughter of Margaret Mead)
We all fight dragons, in one form or the other. No matter their size, we must remember that they can be challenged and overcome.
“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” G.K. Chesterton