When I was 9 years old, I wanted desperately to climb the tallest tree. But I had (and still have) a problem. I am afraid of heights. To this day, I take a deep breath before going on a downward escalator.
I did climb that tree – crying all the way up the branches. My friend, Carol, who went ahead of me, begged, cajoled, and encouraged me all the way to the top.
I’ll always remember that tree, but I will never forget that I had help! No regrets…
“The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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
This past weekend, I picked up a 100% Natural Trail Mix, a coastal berry blend. I loved the tag line – “real food for real people.” I give the marketing team top marks for their branding message. I turned over the package to read the fine print (i.e. how many calories). And that is where I found the perfect quote to end our remarkable month of July.
“Sometimes getting lost is the best way to find yourself.”
By the way, in my experience – sometimes the pathways are just as exciting. And there are benches along the way…
I thrive in a demanding and ever-changing world, but it is in the restful silence of nature that I find renewed strength.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Henry David Thoreau