As I draw my last breaths, will I be thankful I died healthy? When they perform that necessary autopsy will the coroner remark how healthy I was and what a shame it is that I stepped in front of a speeding car? OR will I think---I regret not eating all that peanut butter, chips, ice cream, and chocolate! It is a true dilemma. Go for the gusto and live for today or be cautious and miss out on life's treats just in case I live a long life. There are NO guarantees on longevity.
Regrets are pulled along on the coat tails of "If Only's". I recently read this in a book based upon regret-
"If you miss an opportunity to right a wrong,
you may be facing a life sentence of regret."
Mr. Webster defines regret as--feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity). We all are familiar with those poignant words "We regret to inform you"---the prelude to profound grief.
And there is the "humanism" camp who embraces--never admit regret.
Proclaiming all we do and all that happens makes us who we are today. A nice platitude, but what if we are a sorry excuse for a human being today?
I am pondering whether I have any needed apologizes hanging out there. When those final days come, will I realize I have spent a lifetime regretting and wasting time on if only's. Have I left an apology unspoken or life affirming words muted? Will I leave a legacy of peace and joy?
My peanut butter, chips and ice cream withdrawal has me deep in thought!
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
II Corinthians 7:10