RE:GRET - Feel sad, repentant or disappointed over something that one has done or failed to do.

Although Edith Piaf sang “Non, je ne regret rien,” most people will have a share of regrets over their lifetime.

But should we follow Edith’s advice and try to live in the moment, without looking back and without any self-judgement? Or can we sometimes learn valuable lessons by analysing our behaviour and it’s consequences.

The emotional distress of regrets can trigger biological disruptor’s of the hormone and immune systems that makes people more vulnerable to develop clinical health problems-whether that be a cold or other potentially longer term health problems. In this way, regrets have a negative effect on your health.

If you get blaming yourself and regretting past actions, this could turn into depression and damage your self esteem.

Regret is a powerful thing.

But is its opposite acceptance, or is it courage? The courage to be the person who tries and fails, who searches and finds nothing in return. In the end, the most powerful thing about regret is that it can be a great teacher. a teacher that reminds that it’s permanence should serve as a reason to be courageous

The regrets we have for the things we have to let go and the regrets we have for things we have done are the very things that have bought us to our present life. We made choices, and these choices led to our present experience.

It’s our evolution.

Humans are forever growing and evolving, life goes on with its rewarding moments for those who find the courage to let go of what they could not change or alter.

When we stop expecting life to be perfect, for people to be the best they can be, we are no longer holding ourselves down with the things that are out of our control, we have grown and matured enough to appreciate both life and the people in our lives for what they truly are.

True and valuable wisdom lies in the accepting what is, letting go of what was and having faith what could be.

Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday.


Nicci Clark