Edith Piaf’s moving and inspiring song Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets) is one of my favourite pieces of music. It reminds me of something my father said just before he died. As he lay there in the hospital bed, he took my Mum’s hand and said to those who were sitting round the bed:
“We don’t have any regrets.”
It is something that made me think at the time and the memory has remained with me since that day, a reminder that life is about living, it is about the present and to have regrets is really to live in the past. I hope that at the end of my life, I might be able to say the same thing though, in truth, there are indeed things in my life that I do regret.
Are you living you life with regret? Have you done things in the past you wish you’ve done differently?
Do these thoughts seem familiar to you:
- How I wish I hadn’t broken up with him/her
- What a bad decision that was
- If only I had spent more time with my kids
- Now it’s too late
Regret is a sad and negative emotion. Even though we know we can’t change the past, it still pulls at our heartstrings. If we don’t know how to deal with regret in positive ways, it can negatively affect the rest of our lives. It can be extremely difficult to move on in life when we spend our time regretting the past.
The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent regret in the first place. If you should find yourself feeling regretful, there are also ways to overcome those feelings.
You’ll find plenty of tips in this eBook to help you live a regret-free life.
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