Don’t let past regret steal your present moment


I’m feeling compassion tonight for those who feel regret about their lives. It saddens me to think of those who are beating themselves up about a choice they’ve made or didn’t make in life, or those who painfully wish that something about their lives could be different. I understand those feelings. I know just how agonizing they can be. I’m sorry you are feeling them tonight.

We all have things about our lives we wish could redo, undo, or have a do-over. Did you get that? We ALL do. You are not alone in this. And though I don’t pretend to understand all the hurting feelings you may be carrying. I can tell you this much. I do care.

You and I both know you can’t change the past. If I had a magic wand, you would let your past go and stop reliving it. You would fully occupy your present life, and see new possibilities for what lies ahead. The past is done! Over! But there is still 100% of the rest of your life left. And this is the first day of the rest of that life.

Today, I had my first phone call with one of the contributors to The Notes Campaign. He had a few years on him; I’m guessing he was in his 70’s. He was so full of life! It was amazing to hear him share how he had learned to take life one moment at a time and be fully present. He shared some of the wounds and scars he had experienced over the course of his life, and how in recent years he has discovered freedom like never before.

I know that letting go of the past is easier said than done. I just want you to know that there’s another human being over here who is on your side, cheering you one, and believing that you can… that WE can. Look, let’s do this together. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time, one step at a time, one choice at a time… actually and fully LIVING the life we have now… in this next moment.

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