May 20


Do Any of These 10 Regrets Look Familiar?

By Sue Ingebretson

May 20, 2014

choices, choose, chronic illness, detour, grateful, gratitude, lessons, regrets, Thoughts

do-any-of-these-10-regrets-look-familiarI’d like to share something here — even if you don’t deal with fibromyalgia or any particular chronic illness. Are your thoughts and words ever laced with regret? The article linked below discusses regretting your choices in the years ahead. But, what about NOW? Regrets can pile up much more quickly. Which of these regrets could you claim … and which will you choose to detour?


When it comes to regrets, Sinatra isn’t the only one to croon a tune. We each repeat unhelpful phrases in our heads as if shining the focus there will somehow elicit a fix.


“If only I’d done such and such….”

“If only I hadn’t done such and such….”


When you review this list, keep in mind that some may make you weep. Some may make you roll your eyes and say, “Of course!” Others might even trigger a cringe or annoyance.


But … they’ll ALL make you think:


10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years 


The reason I’m sharing this, is to highlight the topic of CHOICES.


It’s a particularly poignant topic for those of us

who deal with chronic health challenges.


We all have choices in life. Yes, things happen TO us, but we have a choice in how we react, behave, respond, think, or take action.


In my past – before I allowed fibromyalgia to teach me a few things — I was most affected by #2 on this list. I thought I had to hold everything together for eternity. I also let #3 affect me FAR longer than I should have.


But, that’s all part of the learning process.


Now, I’d say that I need to work on #2. And, #7 creeps in more than I’d like. But, I’m grateful for every lesson learned. What about you?


Now that you’ve had a chance to review them, what do you think? Which ones make you feel comforted? Which ones make you feel convicted? 


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    1. These each could trigger a post all on it’s own, right? Yikes! I feel convicted by many – especially at different times in my life. Thanks for sharing your post!

  1. Number #7 is a struggle for me, but in work and family life. “Life should be touched, not strangled.” That resonates a lot with me. Working on not strangulating any part of life. 🙂

    1. Kim, I’m SO glad you’re shared your struggles with micro-managing! We all do that from time to time. And the image of strangulating a particular part in your life is so accurate. When we’re throttling back in one area, another area is left unattended and wide open 😉 Balance is always the goal – but not an easy goal. It takes time, persistence, patience, courage, effort, etc. I’m glad you’re along for this journey and thanks so much for chiming in!

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