Regret Poems

Regret Today
By , 2007

How many times do we say something that
we immediately realized was not the right thing to say?
How many times do we look back
on an event and think, if only I had. . .
How many times do we do something
that we wish hadn't done?

You can't change what has been said.
You can't change a past event.
You can't change what has been done.

Do you call it regret, sorrow, repentance?
Do you think about what might have been?
Do you relive an event the way it should have been?

Forget about regret, and focus.
Focus on today, not on the past.
Focus on what you can do, not what you didn't do.

The only thing to regret is living in the past
The only thing to feel sorrow for is not living each day to the fullest.
The only thing to do to repent is to sincerely say, I'm sorry.

Don't live your life regretting yesterday.
Live your life so tomorrow you won't regret today.



Yesterday Is Gone
Poet: Grant Ngobean

Live for today, hope for tomorrow
And forget about yesterday
'I CAN'T ' for those are the words of a coward
And remember 'I WILL TRY' for those
Are the words of a potential winner?

The only way you can regret yesterday is
When you've never learnt anything from it
And remember that what ever you worry about
It's in the past, there is nothing you can change or do about it,
Just accept to choose to see
Yesterday's problems as an opportunity to grow.

Worry is wasting today's time
Cluttering up tomorrow's opportunities
With yesterday's trouble.
How many times do we look back on?
An event and think, if only I had...
How many times do we do something that we wish hadn't done?
You can't change a past event,
Its yesterday, you can't change what has been done.

Do you call it regret, sorrow, repentance?
Do you think about what might have been?
Do you relieve an event the way it should have been?
Forget about regret and focus on today, not on yesterday.
Focus on what you can do, not what you didn't do.

The only thing to feel sorrow for
Is not living each day to the fullest,
The only thing to repent is to sincerely say I'm sorry!
Don't live your life regretting yesterday...
Live your life so tomorrow you won't regret today.
It doesn't matter what anyone thinks or say about you,
What really matters is what you think and say about your self...
Then what you do about it.



No Regrets
By Agnes Sligh Turnbull

There is only one thing about which I shall have no regrets when my life ends.
I have savoured to the full all the small, daily joys.
The bright sunshine on the breakfast table;
the smell of the air at dusk;
the sound of the clock ticking;
the light rains that start gently after midnight;
the hour when the family come home;
Sunday evening tea before the fire!
I have never missed one moment of beauty,
not ever taken it for granted.
Spring, summer, autumn, or winter.
I wish I had failed as little in other ways.



Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"If you don't figure out what is at your core, what you stand for, and what ultimately motivates you, you'll always second-guess yourself. You'll always have regrets. Uncover your core values and use them as a template to test decisions in your life." Jim Hayhurst, Sr.

"Once you see there is a solution to every obstacle that stands in your way, you'll be left with no more excuses for not getting everything you want in your life." Mark Black

"Many people choose to dwell on their failures. This leads to unnecessary worrying, regret, shame, and stress. Instead of dwelling on the past, you can reflect on your experiences and use negative situations as a learning experience." Morris Pratt


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