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No Regrets

Rarely do I rent movies, but recently, I was in the mood for some comedy. I rented “Central Intelligence,” starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Kevin Hart. The chemistry between Dwayne and Kevin is pretty great, so if you are looking for some light-hearted comedy, I would recommend this one.

But this blog/newsletter isn’t about recommending a movie. It’s about a scene in that movie that really caught my attention.

Without giving anything away, there is a particular scene where the plane that Dwayne and Kevin are in shows a ‘no-fuel’ warning signal on the control panel. As the plane begins the descent to their imminent deaths, Dwayne looks over at Kevin and says, “What is it you regret the most for not doing in your life?”  In that panicked state, with Kevin screaming and facing death, he blurts out his greatest regret.  (I’d tell you what he said, but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll have to watch the movie to find out!)

His words really got me thinking.  I’ve heard stories about people on their death beds listing their greatest regrets; things they never got to experience because they kept putting them off until there was a better time or more money; wishing they would have spent more time with their loved ones; regretting not seeing more of the world, etc.

I’ve pondered what I might regret, and I try to live my life in such a way that I’ll have no regrets.  But I still wonder if I am doing everything I can so as not to have regrets?  Is there something I am not even aware of that I’ll regret not doing? Is there something YOU’LL regret not doing?!

In Kevin’s situation, he didn’t have time to think of the 7 or 8 things he regretted – his mind went directly to the BIGGEST thing he regretted. In that panicked state, with only seconds before impact, Kevin’s BIGGEST regret became crystal clear. This regret rose to the top of anything else that was so-called important in his life. And it wasn’t until he was faced with death that he realized how important that “thing” was to him.

So my question to you is, “What would be your BIGGEST regret?”  You may have several things you’d regret not doing, but what is the one thing that rises above all others that you would regret not doing?  If you were in a plane going down and only had a few seconds, what is the one thing that you wished you could have done?

The good news is, if you are reading this, you are still here, you are still alive.  However, no one knows how much time any of us has, though, so may I suggest you go do that one thing now or at least start putting things into motion to be able to do it?  If you keep waiting for a better time, or when this work project is over, or when the weather gets better, or when there’s more money or when harvest is over, or when the kids are grown or whatever other excuse you have, perhaps you’ll miss your window of opportunity.

Decide now to do that one thing while you still can. Decide now to live a life with no regrets.

Until next time,

Connie Kvilhaug, Cert. Hypnotist