What is the purpose of regret? If I don’t learn from my mistakes and move forward the wiser and determined to be better, then no amount of guilty or disappointed remembrance on my part can have any use at all. Life, no matter how it ebbs and flows, doesn’t repeat itself for my convenience. Dratted Life, anyhow.
It’s great, whilst muddling through, to ‘get it right,’ but being a mere mortal, I don’t do that nearly as often as I’d like. Being stubborn and having my intellectual and emotional limits as well, I may try to learn and practice and improve, but I’ll surely never do so infallibly, and almost always, the progress is slow.
All the same, I think myself wise in one small thing, at least: I work with fair determination at letting go of or minimizing those things that I wish I could change but can’t. I’d hate to think I devoted yet more time to the irreparable past and wasted yet more of the present in the process. My adventures in sailing forward may be small, but I hope I’ll keep bobbing along with the tide of time in my own little way even if the wind has gone out of my sails for a moment.
And if I really find myself dead in the water, why then I hope I’m clever enough to get out my oars and start rowing for my life.
I love this philosophy even though I look for oars most of the time. Sometimes the tide carries us and knows best, and I’m one of those who sometimes swims against the current lol.
‘Tis better to swim against the current than to go with the flow right on down the drain! 😉
What a wise post mixed with humor, Kathryn! I’d love to say I’m great at “letting go” now, but that would be a lie. It’s something I’m still working on, yep, a work in progress, as they say! 🙂 But, I do agree with your philosophy! 🙂 xo
Knowing it’s a good philosophy and actually living up to it aren’t always one and the same, of course, but at least I give myself a little credit for being (mostly) mindful about making the attempt. 🙂