Day 1773: Regrets

Even though I talk to people about regrets at work, I have never written a blog post with “regrets” in the title. I guess you could say this (almost) five-year-old daily blog has no regrets.

At work — where I practice individual therapy, group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing —  I invite people to let go of regrets, because regrets are about past actions (or inactions) and we cannot change the past.

In the spirit of the late Peter Sellers — who said that the only regret he had in life was seeing the movie The Magus – the only regret I have, here and now,  is installing the latest Apple update on my iPhone.  Considering how long I’ve lived, only one regret is pretty good.

I have no regrets about the photos I took yesterday.

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Here’s a Cole Porter tune about regrets, sung by the great Ethel Waters:

Any regrets?  There’s room for them (and anything else) in the comments section below.

Miss Koplow regrets she’s unable to share a new photo expressing her thanks to all who helped her create this post and — of course! — to you. She lets go of that regret by sharing an old photo.

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19 thoughts on “Day 1773: Regrets

  1. I’m with the Frank Sinatra way of thinking.

  2. Great way of thinking at regrets, Ann 🙂
    I have had lots of regrets, but found out to let them go, which made life so much better to live.

  3. I’m typing on my touch screen instead of my Apple iPad keyboard intermittently (and right now) since the last update, and I regret that, Ann.

  4. I’ve heard it said that at the end of our lives we won’t regret the things we did so much as the things we didn’t do. I like that because it’s a positive way to frame regrets. There may be opportunities we’ve missed and can’t recreate, but rather than dwelling on those we can learn from regrets and take future opportunities.

  5. I do wish I could join Edith entirely:

  6. I “regret” that I haven’t been keeping up with my reading, but I’m not regretting reading this!

  7. No regrets. That’s best. I doubt that even Miss Otis regretted her regrettable actions, but she probably id regret missing that lunch.

  8. My regret list is an unhealthy length, but I’m trying to work through resolution of what is and isn’t too late.

  9. I’ve experienced enough regrets in my life to now know that I must say YES!, as often as possible. Life is much more fun. Good luck with your new software. I’m upgrading next year, hopefully some of the kinks will be worked out. Meantime-“bass no treble”🎼

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