No regrets. Life is a series of choices made every day. And each one compounding to the experience of yesterday's, of many yesterdays. If I look back at my forty years and so many months, I've made so many mistakes that listing these would maybe run a few miles. Nevertheless, not making those mistakes would have made me less of the person that I am today. I may have become someone else I can't recognize if I made my choices differently then. I am happy with who I have become. Good and bad, bruises and all. There is beauty in the experience called living. There is serenity in having peace of mind. There is joy.
Delving on the what-could-have-beens, I realize, is not productive at all. It limits the imagination to the past, focuses the heart to the pain, reminds the mind of the mistakes. What's lost in this equation is the other side of the coin - the growth gained from the experience, the lessons learned, the positives otherwise taken for granted. And I have so many blessings, I couldn't be more thankful! My glass is more than half-full.
No regrets. I forge on each day. I maybe sad at the end of this day, and I recognize this. I feel the sadness, I see the darkness, I accept the mistakes. But tomorrow is a new day. I'll embrace it with a new hope, a new light, a new courage to face the world and whatever it brings. There is joy in every tomorrow that's given and I'll make the best of it.
No regrets. The past is meant to be there to reminisce the fun times, look back at the sad times, learn from the trying times. The present is made to be fulfilled with the best of intentions, the strongest of convictions, the biggest of actions. I won't let go of it. The future is there to be found - exciting, always a mystery, always a delight to be discovered.
No regrets. Every trial is a blessing still unknown. And everything resonates of one truth - He is there to guide me all throughout. So, how can I go wrong? No regrets. For He is with me all these times.
*RF - Roger Federer, as I am a super fan of the tennis GOAT (Greatest of All Time).
About this blog: Originally written in Sept 22, 2010 as a note on Facebook. I wrote this after a really bad day and was dreading a restless sleep. Instead of sleeping, I decided to just think through not just that particular day, but also how my life has been... choosing to focus on the positives. I have since realized how important this simple exercise of looking at the positives in life despite the negatives that I've made it a habit to do so towards every year end since.