"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."
As I sat down to write Reflections this morning, I turned to Google for a little help, typing in "quotes about life." That lead me to Will Rogers' quote above, and that got me thinking about a series of events in my life. I found myself letting thoughts of the past take up too much time in the present. I understood what I was doing, and before the "dark side" consumed me, I chose to write about it this morning.
One of Sheila's favorite expressions is "Don't should on yourself!" All of us do it, with a few people I've met over the years turning it into an art form. Instead of just appreciating the moment, they spend hours analyzing what they should have done instead. It's an analytical defense mechanism as they look at the results from a path they chose, instead of just appreciating what they did, learning from it, and moving on.
Like most people, I have regrets for a few things I've done, but more for things, I didn't do. We all do a little Monday morning quarterbacking from time to time as we look at our decisions. It's okay to look in the rear view mirror as long as you appreciate everything you see is behind you!
"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take."
For years I lacked the confidence to go out on my own. From Polaroid to Hasselblad, PhotoAlley.com and Rangefinder/WPPI I always worked for other companies. I lived vicariously through so many of you, admiring your drive and entrepreneurial spirit. Had it not been for Sheila, I doubt that I would have ever stepped outside my comfort zone almost ten years ago.
And that brings me full circle with today's post. At the risk of sounding like a bad rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way," we all have regrets. We all have those chances we wish we'd taken and didn't. But here's one of the very best things about life...we've all got today and tomorrow!
Wishing everybody a day with no regrets, time with the people you love and smile-making moments that help you build a never-ending supply of memories to cherish tomorrow. The year is quickly coming to a close and December is always an amazing month to spread a little cheer and pave the way for a new year. Go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs, but at the same time, don't be afraid to tell the people most important to you how much you appreciate the role they play in your life.
Happy Sunday - and if it's Monday where you are, I'm wishing you the best for the new week ahead.
"Be spontaneous. Be crazy. Leave your comfort zone and live with no regrets."
Note: I never share a blog post without an image. I had nothing in my archives that I liked, so I grabbed a LUMIX FZ1000 and headed outside. There's a Powderpuff bush (Calliandra haematocephala) in bloom on the side of our house. I loved the fact that within eight inches on the same branch I had three generations of the flowers. Well, it fit with an underlying theme to this blog post of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
It was shot at f2.8 at 1/60 ISO 1000. It's an overcast flat morning. So, I had some fun with the image boosting the clarity, tone and structure using Luminar 2018. #WhereLumixGoes #LumixFZ1000 #MadewithLuminar
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