Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. ~ Swami Sivananda
Oh how I wish life came with a “do over” button sometimes. There are quite a few things that I would have done differently; but then again, would I have really learned anything? There’s no going and changing history. What’s done is done, what’s said is said. All we can do is live with the consequences of our actions, or inactions, no matter how benign or innocent we feel they are.
No matter what we do in life, we cannot cheat any of the universal laws; we are not immune to how the universe operates. We cannot just go back and right our wrongs, no matter how much we want to. The only way we can correct things is by first admitting what we’ve done and then taking responsibility for our error. This can prove to be a difficult thing to do for some because pride won’t allow it.
With that said, even when we accept responsibility or try to correct mistakes, the affected individual(s) are not obligated to hear us out or to show compassion towards us. How things move forward is at the individual(s) discretion.
What it all boils down to is a decision. Now, we can choose to take our time and weigh the decision or, depending upon the nature of things, instantly decide our course of action. It’s difficult to see what the consequences of our decisions are while we’re doing things; we didn’t necessarily take the time to think about how things are perceived or how our environment would be impacted, so honestly, we can’t expect for a person to take their time in making up their mind on how to handle things.
At the end of the day, just need be more mindful of the things that we do. I know I’ve said it a dozen times before but it always comes back to that. We tend to get comfortable and complacent in our daily living; begin taking things for granted, making mistake after mistake, expecting for things to be alright. That’s not how it operates though.
Once we open that door, once we commit errors, we cannot take it back. Hopefully we can learn from the situation and not repeat it in the future; and hopefully people will accept our apologies with grace and compassion and not view them indifferently.
I’ll still luv ya tomorrow….