Life’s Too Short for Regret – Take Time to Smell the Roses

I came across a group of writers who join each week to post an entry for Five Minute Friday and thought I would give it a go. My first week is here, it was a tough one – regret. There are so many things that you think about with this simple word. Here are my five minutes worth.

Regret, such a sad word. It makes me sad when I hear people express their regrets. An older person who regrets the things they have never done. The younger person who regrets the silly things they have done (the unfortunate tattoo they let themselves get talked into by a friend or getting drunk and sharing on social media.)

I have a family member who is nearing her 100th birthday. Does she have regrets? Yes, many. These may not be the type of regret we think of, hurting a person’s feelings, being mean to someone, or not living her life in a Christian manner. No, this is a good person who regrets not doing things in her life before her health intervened and she didn’t have the chance to.

Some of her regrets? Not traveling to visit family, including her sisters, before it was too late. Not visiting Walt Disney World with her grandchildren again (she went once with her son’s family when her first grandchild was an infant and dreamed of going again with the rest of them.) Not taking this trip with her husband before he passed. It always seemed to be something that they would do later. Perhaps they would need the money they had saved for something else. Maybe they should wait a bit.

We all make choices in our lives and try to make the best ones but we need to keep in mind our spiritual health. Our mental well-being. To understand these choices don’t make us selfish, they are experiences we will share with our family and memories (rather than regrets) we will leave them with when we are gone.

5 thoughts on “Life’s Too Short for Regret – Take Time to Smell the Roses”

  1. Shirley says:

    Hi Kimberley!

    I am so glad you joined in on Five Minute Friday this week!

    Yes, it was a hard topic to write on, but you did a fantastic job! You are correct in the regrets we carry with us. My mother-in-law passed away last April, and there were many regrets she spoke of before passing. For her, she regretted not being able to take one last trip, and we regretted this, too! We were supposed to take her before her health got so bad, but the doctor gave us news right before our trip that made us decide we shouldn’t take her. We wrestled with this for a long time, but we knew we would not be able to care for her if something happened while we were on our trip away from the hospital and doctors that were aware of her condition.

    Thank you for the reminder to live life – so we won’t have those regrets. It’s something to think about and do something about NOW, while there is still time!

    Blessings to you and yours!

    1. Kimberley Linkletter says:

      Thank you for sharing your story Shirley. It makes me sad that my mother-in-law also held back from travel and now regrets that she did. Two of our daughters were able to her to see their cousin, the one grandaughter she had never met before her health wouldn’t allow it at all. Small blessings at least.

  2. Annette says:

    So true we need to leave more memories and less regrets

  3. Lesley says:

    Glad you joined us at FMF, Kimberley! It was a tough topic this week! I enjoyed your post and I agree, looking after our spiritual and mental health is important as well as making time with family a priority so we, and they, have happy memories to look back on. Visiting from #20.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Welcome to FMF – so glad you joined! Definitely a tough one to start out on:) I enjoyed your post….there is just so much wisdom to learn from our senior friends…especially those approaching 100!! What a blessing! Have a wonderful weekend!

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