The Torment of Regret

Lisa Ryan Grategy mirrors“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.  Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.” Wayne Dyer

Recently, a friend and I were discussing what one thing we wished we would have done in our lives. What popped into my mind was the fact that I didn’t go to college right out of high school. Now keep in mind, not only was college not an option for me because of my family’s financial situation, frankly, I never even thought about going. I didn’t have friends that were going to college, I didn’t know anything about college, and therefore I just went to work instead.

Several years out of high school, I began the journey to achieve my college education and fourteen years later achieved an MBA. Although I think that I might have enjoyed the college experience: having sorority sisters, living away from home amongst other college students, and attending “Animal House”-type frat parties, I also know that my life would’ve turned out completely differently.

So when it all comes down to it, it’s no longer a regret. I’m glad I worked at an office in Beachwood and accepted a part-time job teaching aerobics at Scandinavian Health Club. I’m thrilled that it was at Bally’s where some of my closest friendships were developed and I met my wonderful husband, Scott. I’m grateful that after a rough start, I built a successful career in sales. And I’m so thankful for my current life as an entrepreneur. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Starting now, if there’s something in your life that you really, really want to do, go for it. You’ll only regret the things you don’t do. However, if there’s something in your past that you didn’t do and now you regret it, think about all the things that happened BECAUSE you didn’t do it. Chances are good that things turned out exactly the way they were supposed to.

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PS – I always wanted to jump out of an airplane before I die; just not IMMEDIATELY before I die!

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