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Reflection on a Famous Quote – August 28, 2012, by Danny J. Stevens

“Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen”

~ James Russell Lowell

The pain of regret does not know what could have or might have been.  Failures happen, they help us to grow.  It took Thomas Edison hundreds of trial before he found the combination that would allow the electric light.  Thomas however didn’t view the failures as failures, just the test was not correct for the objective.  However, he catalogs the failures as they may and could be used in the future on other projects.  We would never know what didn’t work if we were not willing to fail.

Dr. Wayne Dyer speaks of the book, “The Death of Ivan Illyich” by Tolstoy.  Where Ivan was dying and had not accomplished his life dream. Dr. Dyer refers to this as dying with the music still inside.  We may fail in the beginning but we learn and we are working towards a dream.  The reverse is to die many facets of death as we regret what we didn’t even attempt.

There are times where I wonder if I should have turned left, when I turned right.  We all have these doubts.  Uncertain if the path we have taken is the correct path.  We need to trust our dreams.   We are never given a dream or a want without being given the means to reach the dream.  Just having the dream or want is proof that we have what is needed inside to see the dream being realized.   We may zig instead of zag, yet the important part is that we are working towards the goals.

To live with the regret is like the dream dying over and over.  We replay the should have been or could have been while e trying to rationalize why it didn’t happen.  No matter how many times we do this we never solve the issue of what could have happened.  Do all that you can do each day toward the dream that you have.  As long as you have given your best then there will be no regrets, only memories of a life lived very well.

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