Nearly all of us have made mistakes that we wish we could go back in time and correct, thinking our present lives would be so much happier and fulfilling if we were able to do just that. But instead of dwelling on our regrets and constantly thinking, “What if I chose a different path?” and “It is too late,” we can use these experiences for growth and new opportunities. We are all aware that each person’s journey through life has its share of challenges and disappointments, and it is easy to feel depressed and shattered because we think opportunities have passed us by. Instead of holding on to negative thoughts, consider this: We may be exactly where we are supposed to be right now and those “missed opportunities” may have been disastrous. What we can do now is make the most of everyday, for our purpose may lie in what is ahead for us. In The Book of Revelations, Christina at times feels she made a mess of her life because of one indiscretion when she was in college. But by the end of the book she realizes that her indiscretion led to many blessings in her life and her other plans and dreams were not as all-important as she once believed.
So for those who can relate to Christina’s regrets, I want to say, “Relax, stop being so hard on yourself! Life passes by so quickly that you have to make the most of every minute.” Maybe you did not achieve the dreams you set out to accomplish, but you can strive for new goals and dreams. Often, the older and more mature we get, the more practical and realistic we become. Try to enjoy the blessings you have in your life now. As my late uncle used to tell me, “The secret in life is to do the best you can.”