I've always had a habit of regretting; a habit which I’m sure you have too. In fact, at any one moment, millions of us are feeling regret. Why do we? Well the answer is quite simple - it is because we are humans. It is human nature to feel sad!
I’ll take an example from my own experience. When I was twelve, I was sad about not having a mobile phone. As soon as I got one, I regretted that I hadn't waited for another year to get it. This feeling was still there inside me when I bought my latest smartphone last week.
I have got a story from ancient times to tell you, about regret.
Once, a group of people were travelling on rocks at night. A voice came from the sky telling them that whoever picks up the rocks will feel regret and whoever doesn't pick up the rocks will also feel regret. Now, the people were confused. How can this be? Whether you pick up the rocks or not, you will regret! Anyway, some people picked up the rocks and some didn't. In the morning, when they reached their homes, they saw that the rocks had turned into diamonds. Now, those people who hadn’t picked up the rocks started regretting, saying "If only we had picked up some rocks." Those people who did pick some rocks also started regretting, saying "Why didn't we pick up more rocks?" Both sides ended up feeling regret.
Sounds funny? Well I guess this is the truth! It seems we can never be happy, can we? I have heard of millionaires saying that they are poor.
I was reading an article the other day about Warren Buffett, the third richest man from the US. In that article, he revealed that he bought his first shares in a company at the age of twelve, and he regretted it because he started too late! If Mr. Buffett regrets, those of us who don’t buy shares at all should regret twice or maybe four times more than he does!
But is it wise to spend our life just regretting? I think it is too harsh to do so. There must be a way to overcome these feelings... I believe there is!
If you have faith, life becomes a little bit easier. You can always pray for a better future, and it feels good when you know Someone who loves you is watching you every moment, there to help you.
We can’t turn back time. What’s done is done. So why cry over spilled milk? When we fail to understand this fact; we fail to live a happy life.