Here’s a thought…

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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

Sail Away

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With the sun high in the heavens, and a gently chilled wind at our back, we sailed to Bowen Island, British Columbia.  As I looked across the glittering water, I remembered a poem from high school:  The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I have included a few lines….

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.