Back in June, Gen asked our little blogging group about regret. “If you could change one thing you’ve done (or not done) in your life, what would it be and why?”
Gen’s question has been percolating since she posed it two months ago. There are a handful of decisions scattered throughout my past that still yield unrest, 99% – if not 100 – of which are directly correlated to some form of dishonesty that negatively impacted myself or others.
As happy as I would be to have taken some alternate routes back in the day, I can’t say that I would go back to rewrite my story. The heavy heart that I carry from my past reminds me to take a different road. And the joy that I experience on a day-to-day basis is the product of my experiences – including those fueling a heavy heart. I can genuinely appreciate both extremes.
SJ introduced me to one of her favorite quotes by poet Anne Bradstreet, which is pretty applicable to regret and appreciation: “If we had no Winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”