Title: What's Your Biggest Regret


I was deeply touched by this short (3-minute) video below — a simple experiment on a city sidewalk that gave passers-by the opportunity to write down their biggest regret. I shouldn't have been surprised that in most cases—almost all cases—it was something they didn't do, not something they did do.

Of course that got me thinking…

I've always maintained that regret is a wasted emotion. Why spend time and emotional energy on something from the past? “Look to this day, for it is life…” says the wonderful Sanskrit writing (see “Why Today is so important”).

And yet, we are humans who think about the past, and as I reflected on the video below, I had to admit that for the most part, it was, indeed, things left undone that caused me more unease and disappointment in myself than anything I had ever done.

You know what I mean.

The person you didn't call or write to and then you found out they had died…

The chance you had to do something really challenging and you were too scared…

The kindness you could have done, but it was too inconvenient…

The apology you thought about making, but they reached out to you first…

Take a deep breath. I still believe regret is a wasted emotion, but that's no reason it can't be an instructive one. I am resolving to pay more attention to those nudges to do things, practice random acts of kindness, and yes—even at my age—reach for the stars. I'd love to know your reaction to this video.
 

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