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Life Is a Gift. Don’t Waste It.

Life Is a Gift. Don’t Waste It.

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Life is too way too wonderful for any of it to be wasted. Life is fantastic. Granted not every day may seem that way, and not everything we do may turn out as we had wished. But life is a gift that should never be wasted.

How many people in the world are right now working on reducing waste? Billions of dollars are spent on building more fuel-efficient engines so that whether we drive of fly, we waste less fuel, reduce the harmful gasses that pollute the air, and do what we can to save the environment. Companies all over the world spend more billions on finding ways to not waste time and money in order to make higher profits. If you are conscientious, you reduce the memos you print and send them as emails instead in order to do your part to use less paper and save our rainforests.

That’s all well and good. We should try to cut out waste. But the worst waste of all, and one that affects more people everywhere, is living in regret, regretting the past, regretting mistakes we’ve made, things we’ve done that didn’t turn out good, poor choices we’ve made, instead of using all those precious opportunities to learn and grow and progress by leaps and bounds.

Believe me, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and poor choices, but I refuse to live with regret. If I fall, I get up again, I shake off the dust and keep going. If I make a mistake, I do what I can to milk that experience for any lessons I can. If things don’t turn out as I had hoped, I try something new, go a different direction, or just try harder. But I don’t give up. And I don’t regret the past. I learn from it, and keep going.

Someone once said, A man learns nothing from winning. I don’t know if that is completely true, but I think you learn of lot more from the mistakes you make and the times you fail if you stop long enough to pick up the lessons, and stop looking back with regret. Just feeling sorry for myself, getting upset about what happened, looking back with regret, that is the ultimate in wasteful living.

Never regretting or looking back doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes, and it doesn’t mean you don’t learn from what you have done. It just means that you have more important things to do, that you move on, and leave the past where it is.

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it, it’s only good for wallowing in. – Katherine Mansfield

 

Short:

Life is too way too wonderful for any of it to be wasted. If you get upset about what’s happened, look back with regret, that is the ultimate in wasteful living.

Never regretting or looking back doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes, and it doesn’t mean you don’t learn from what you have done. It just means that you have more important things to do, that you move on, and leave the past where it is.