Most of us have regrets. But none of us want to have more of them. Think about how many times you've said (or thought to yourself): "I work way too much..." "I should have followed my heart..." "I really need to keep in better touch with my friends..." "I wish I could take back what I said..."
While we can't erase our regrets from the past, we CAN learn how to abolish regret from our lives in the future. This doesn't mean that we won't make mistakes, but instead that we'll be better able live with the decisions that we make. For instance, one morning last week before leaving for school my son asked me if I would play basketball with him when I got home from work. This couldn't have come at a worse time - I had two pressing deadlines, back-to-back conference calls that would go into the evening, and ten things on my to-do list that were still hanging over my head. Couldn't he see how busy I was? My first inclination was to tell him that we'd have to find another time. But when I looked into his eyes, what I saw was a little boy who just wanted to spend some quality time with his dad and now I was going to turn him away. What was I thinking? It wasn't his fault that I had so much on my plate.