Silence the Voice of Regret

Maya Angelo said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” No one person has it all together. We are all a huge work in progress.

However, in order to do better we must first forgive ourselves for things that went wrong. Close that chapter. Step up to the next assignment. It’s unfair to start a new day with broken pieces of our yesterday.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda are three of our greatest enemies. Maybe we always taught that people were our enemies but Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda are the ones that taunt us and make a mockery of us. Their voices sound like groans and not one day goes by and the regrets don’t play back in the mind.

Having ongoing dialogues with these three mental enemies prove to be the most unproductive times in our lives. But escaping them takes on a battle of its own. No one escapes Woulda, Coulda and Shoulda’s  presence without being punched over and over making victims of innocent lives.

Questions, Questions, and Questions all remain unanswered – ‘Why did I go?’ ‘Why didn’t I stand up for myself?’ ‘What if I didn’t leave?’ comes foremost to one’s mind.

Indeed, we are a work in progress, and we pray that God will just hurry up and finish the work so we all can get along and live happily ever after.

To survive the full-blown battle with Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda, you must forgive yourself for every failure while you were only trying to do the right thing.

Next time you want to kick yourself for those blunders while your three enemies come pounding on your door, give yourself a huge hug and remind yourself that you did the best you could have but now you know better.

Whatever happened – it’s already in the past and no amount of regrets will erase it. Your thoughts affect your mood and limit your potential and really no one has time for that.

Living with regrets makes you feel helpless and limits the mount of time you to recover from yesterday’s mistakes. When we know better, we inspire others to do better and the world becomes a healthier place for you and for me and the following generations.

God will never let you down nor will He allow you to be pushed past your limit. He will always catch you if you fall. Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

So regardless of what happened yesterday, the day before, or what may happen tomorrow, get back into the ring. God has countless ways to get you where you should have been and always on time.

We will watch the beautiful sunsets at the close of each day and with great expectations the sun will rise the next day opening a whole new world of greater opportunities.

Strength comes from overcoming everything that knocked you down. Forget what’s behind and move forward with God’s grace.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord.” Psalms 19:14

“The peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

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