How to Live Without Regret

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationship we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” – Anonymous

To make the most of each moment is to live without regret.

It is only when we look back in time and think of how we could have been better and more fully immersed in whatever we were doing that we wish things could have been different.

While I do maintain future goals and strive towards them in different areas of my life, I also recognize that the more I am into and absolutely fully in this moment–that is when I am truly making the most of each moment, each experience.

Moments become lost and gone, forgotten and tarnished when we spend them longing to be somewhere else, to be someone else, to be doing something else.

When we accept where we are, no matter what, and embrace the place we are, even when it is difficult or seemingly unsatisfactory, our lives become rich.

Not because of what we are doing but because of how we are being. It is not the what but the how, and we get so fixated on the future and why we are not where we should be, that we lose the very essence of what matters, which is where we are now.

So what does accepting where we are right now look like?

It means embracing a “this is it” attitude.

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When we walk into life with a this is it attitude, we approach each and every person, interaction and situation with a fresh outlook, a desire to fully engage and be present. Not for any other purpose than to just be there, fully.

Instead of living in our heads, we participate in life, and are really there when others speak to us.

Instead of waiting to be our best, we decide to be our best right now. We live as if this day, this moment, is all we have because it really is all we have right now.

Instead of waiting for things to happen, we seize opportunities and take more risks, step out of comfort zones even in the smallest things, because if not now, when?

Perhaps it means making small talk with the lady at the checkout stand because she looks sad or maybe taking a little more time and slowing down our rushed morning routine.

When this is it, right now is the best moment of our lives, and we no longer wait for any future moment or event to be fully here. Instead, we make right now the best moment we can, where we want to be, because later will never come if you ignore the now.

What excuses do you have for putting off your happiness and for being fully present? Throw away your excuses because your excuses don’t matter.

Every excuse you make to deny and avoid this moment, becomes your own barrier to experiencing all that life is offering.

The cost of not being present, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.

Are you ready to take down the barriers and to be fully here, right now?

“It’s better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than to just stare at that line for the rest of your life.” – Anonymous

 

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