No Regrets

As I was driving through town today, I passed by the local cemetery as I do many times during the week.  At the same time, I was listening to the radio in which the announcer had been talking about Martin Luther King day and some of the accomplishments that were made by this great man in his short life.   I couldn't help but to wonder about those of whom were lying under the headstones as they were passing by my passenger window.  Each stone in that cemetery represents an entire lifetime of experiences.  Some very long while others were cut much too short.  Dr. King was one such example.  He achieved a level of greatness, and brought about huge strides in civil rights through peaceful means.  Triumphing over racial bigotry and oppression in even the most ignorant regions of the south.   He had a lot more to accomplish, but instead was struck down in his prime.  Even being cut down at an early time, his accomplishments in changing the collective mindset were astounding.

Suppose that this was your last day on the planet?  Any regrets other than the obvious one of leaving too soon?  Everybody wants to see their children grow up, have a long life with their spouse or get married if they're still single, etc.  But let's set all that aside, and just focus on your accomplishments.  As you're drifting up towards the clouds and looking down upon the earth, can you say that what you did accomplish was worth while?  Was it on the track with your goals?  Maybe you worked 60 hour weeks at a J.O.B. and only saw your wife in passing as you headed towards the bedroom for a nights sleep while she was on her way out to work the night shift at some convenience store, plant, or hospital.  No regrets?  Could you have worked on some plan to make your lives better?  A situation like this can suck the life and creativity right out of you, which is all the more reason to take action and change it.

Don't get caught up in the "comfort" of the hypnotic state of TV watching, or spending hours on end playing the free games on the internet.  Let's say you make it to the ripe old age of 90 something and you're laying on your deathbed reflecting back on your life.  Are you going to wish that you spent more time with your family?  That you watched less TV?  Will you wish that you could have done something different with all those years that you were playing Warcraft online?  Are you going to wonder what would have happened if only you would have stayed focused on building your business?  Or will you look back thinking "no regrets!"?

3 thoughts on “No Regrets”

  1. 98% of people seem to live their lives for whatever is easiest and most convenient RIGHT NOW. But they’ll regret this short-term outlook later on.

    Most of these people will get offended when you suggest to them that they watch too much TV or waste their precious time on other useless pursuits.

    Here’s another interesting article about living a life without regrets…
    http://www.jamesbrausch.com/family-guilt/

    … written by James Brausch, who also “offends” all the TV addicts and time wasters. πŸ˜‰

    [ – Thanks for the link Jim. As for what you said about living their lives and useless pursuits, I think you nailed it!
    -Jack ]

    Cheers,
    Jim

  2. Hi Jack,

    No one on their death bed has ever been heard to say “I wish I had spent more time working”. That is not to say that work in itself is bad. Far from it. The right sort of work coupled with a clear vision for a prosperous future is a good combination.

    Here’s hoping your business pursuits are successful and your “work” is well rewarded.

    Brendan.

    P.S. This blog no longer shows when searching for amazing cloaker! Someone I know has taken over #2 and #3 spots.

    [[[ Hi Brendan! I just spotted you in Google for the # 2 / 3 spots! Looks like you’re back. πŸ˜€ P.S. – Your quote about wishing one had spent more time working is spot on. Thanks for the wishes, and naturally, I wish you the same as well! πŸ˜€
    -Jack ]]]

  3. This is a very interesting thought. What about you, have any regrets?

    >> Only that I didn’t get started 10 years ago! πŸ˜‰ But seriously, even if you wasted the past 5 years but made your resolution today, every action will begin to erase those regrets that have been mounting. -Jack <<

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