Many hands make light work. Living without Regret!

Many hands make light work. Living without Regret!

There are some old sayings and proverbs that make no sense unless you sit and ponder them for hours on end. Thoreau said , “It’s not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” Then there are the sayings that make sense the moment you go camping and the many hands proverb makes sense the moment you have to start packing up to leave for a trip or packing to leave the campsite.

The site of Thoreau's Walden home
The site of Thoreau’s Walden home

There are more than a few ways that I can take this post. I can focus on old sayings and see how they fit with our life today or I could focus on just one saying and try to make some excuse for why I have to finally beg for more help. I think I’ll stay positive this time, just remind me and I’ll circle back to focus on the whining later on in another post.

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.” Socrates

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Aldous Huxley

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” Thomas J. Watson

“I’d rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I haven’t done.” Lucille Ball

I placed these in an order by pure coincidence, but the order of what has been said is exactly how my life has turned out so far. I am willing to give up what people think about me in order to live the way that I have discussed with my wife and we think is best for our family. No regrets about our decision. I think most people would agree that regret can be a powerful force for change. When I have had advice from people who are older than I am about taking time for granted and don’t waste really living in the present and being there with my family, I listened. Time moves at a slow but steady pace one second at a time, but if we don’t focus on what is going on at the moment, the seconds tick by and we lose them forever. Living in the past and thinking about how we could’ve changed this or that to make our present circumstances better will only lead to more and more regrets about how we were when we were younger. There’s no way to go back and change it though. When we get too focused on what we are going to do in the future, pretty soon, the future is here and we’ve lost entire sections of our lives obsessing about something that may or may not matter in ten days. The present is our only chance to do what we want to do and how we make decisions and see them through is our character. Good or bad results don’t matter, we just deal with them and move on in a positive manner, if we can.
Take time today to look up wisdom/life quotes and really ponder a few of them. See how the wisdom of the people who have gone before us is still relevant to your lives today as it was to theirs then. Then go and focus on being the best version of yourself to the people who you are around. I haven’t regretted taking the time off from working a “regular” job to be home with my family, there have been days that are stressful, but I don’t regret them. I hope that you can make decisions based on the present and make good on the time that you are in. Go enjoy life!

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