“The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
Have you noticed how the faultless spend so much time finding fault with others that they never have time to see their own? I sometimes think their isolation is because of their perfection when in reality they are just easy to ignore.
OK now that I got that out of my system here are some wise suggestions that I extracted from a list written by Jenny Nichols that I picked up from the Tiny Buddha web site.
Live Life Without Regrets
She wrote: As we get older we learn and grow. But that doesn’t mean we have to regret what we did before we learned how to do things differently. If we didn’t go through those experiences we might not have grown into the strong and knowledgeable people we are today. So what I’m proposing is that we get rid of the negative thoughts—the could have’s, might have’s, and should have’s—and start living a life that won’t make us feel regretful. Not even at an older, wiser age.
Here is a list of things you can do to practice living life with no regrets:
“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I'd just been myself.”
A woman whose fondness for the good life had taken its toll in added pounds - and girth - was being shown a Jeep by a salesman at an auto dealership. When the salesman's pitch had run its course, he sought to close with the typical line, "Now what would it take to get you into one of these?"
Looking at the Jeep's high front seat, the woman replied, "Probably a crowbar."
Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson
Alan King was one of my all time favorite comedians, he passed some time ago but his humor lives on.
I'll drive you crazy, but you're paying for gas.
Hanging in the hallway at the High School are the basketball team pictures from the past 40 years. A player in the center of the front row in each picture holds a basketball identifying the year -- "62-63," "63-64," "64-65," etc.
One day I spotted a freshman looking curiously at the photos. Turning to me, he said, "Isn't it strange how the teams always lost by one point?"
"If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late."
When her late husband's will was read, a widow learned he had left the bulk of his fortune to another woman. Enraged, she rushed to change the inscription on her spouse's tombstone.
"Sorry, lady," said the stonecutter. "I inscribed 'Rest in Peace' on your orders. I can't change it now."
"Very well," she said grimly. "Just add, 'Until We Meet Again.' "
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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