Five Minute Friday — Regret

Happy March! Happy first Five Minute Friday of the month!

You know the drill. We get our weekly prompt, let the spirit flow for five minutes, post, link up in the Community section at, and — best part — visit other writers in our to support and encourage them.

For the past few months, I have also been sharing testimonials from fellow writers as outlined in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll share some words from Marie’s heart.

“The very first time I ever participated in Five Minute Friday, I stumbled upon the group just days after I found out about my liver problems which meant I had to go off the medications I was taking at the time. I  had no idea that those initial days were just the first of what would be a two years (and counting) journey. The words here reveal more about me than I could  ever share through speech — a frightening thing for a reserved person such as myself. I pushed aside the fears and decided to be vulnerable, to put myself out there with this new group of people. They embraced me. I have not once regretted diving into this beautifully messy and wonderfully weird community. #bacon. They know why.”

That’s common– reaching out and absorbing the  love of this community. That’s why I heartily encourage you to join us. It is a “beautifully messy and wonderfully weird community.” And we’d love to have you in our circle!

With that, I’ll get off thee soap box and down to work. The prompt is REGRET. The timer has been set, so let’s see where the neurons GO...

Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention…

Yes, I know that’s from My Way. But I like to think — especially as I’ve aged — my way was totally in conformity with His way. And when it wasn’t He let me know!

If I had it all to do over again, I probably would change some of my reactions. I would listen more, talk more, communicate better. But I don’t think I would change anything substantively.

I was blessed with a good, full, rich life with a great 40 year  marriage and five children, 18 grandchildren and two with soon-to-be three great-grandchildren. Plus I had plenty of adventures.

That’s what life is … one big adventure, with each day unfolding new challenges and new beauty. We have to intentionally look for those blessings sometimes, but they are there, each and every day. Even the challenges are blessings, although admittedly,sometimes through the rear view mirror.

I’ve come to the conclusion … STOP

… you can waste your time on “what ifs” but they’re not going to add one second to your life — and may actually subtract a few because of the stress and angst.

Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again — through God’s help — too few to mention.

THOUGHT T REMEMBER: Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. — Hillary Clinton

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12 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Regret

  1. Leigh says:

    Well said. What a beautiful testimony and life. Thank you for sharing. Peace and blessings to you! Stopping by from FMF!

  2. Beautiful. When our way is His way! #29 on fmf.

  3. Leslie says:

    . Even the challenges are blessings, although admittedly,sometimes through the rear view mirror,
    LOVE this thought, how different things are from that view, yet we are what we are and by leaning on the Lord’s leading our regrets can be few.

  4. Well-said and well-lived.

    For me…my previous line of work brought regrets too deep and too daily raw for absolution in this life, with the horrible dichotomy that all these were just and necessary. But the blessing is that there is now a stinging spur to compassion, and I cannot now bear to take any life, however small.

    Glad that my wife wrote the post for me this week, because the word ‘regret’…it’s just too shattering.

    • War is hell but has been replaced with a compassionate heart. In only God’s way, those horrors were transformed into a ministry. Your wife did a great job filling in for you. Blessings, my friend.

  5. Lesley says:

    I like how you incorporated the lyrics from My Way into your post! And it’s so true that focusing on regrets and “what if’s” is not helpful. Much better to look at the blessings and where God has been at work even in the hard times!

  6. I always enjoy reading what you have to say Joe. Your words give me pause to think; this week is no different. Praise God with him our regrets can be few!

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