posted on Oct, 13 2013 @ 10:59 PM
This is a great thread. Thank you for starting it, lwinder!
I regret getting involved in what turned out to be a cult, and consequently leaving my husband on our first wedding anniversary at the dictate of
their charismatic leader. My husband and I reunited very quickly and have been married for 11 years now, but to this day, I deeply regret the hurt I
caused him because I was under the influence of someone who I allowed to take hold over my psyche--because I thought she held the key to my
enlightenment. But this mistake has made me very strong in mind. I will never, ever again give that sort of power to another person, no matter what.
And I believe that going through such a trauma so early on in our marriage actually helped us survive hard times later on, because we had already
survived one of the worst things that could have happened.
I regret all of the times where I was too self-involved or stressed out to take an few extra minutes to offer kindness to a stranger in a need. But
this regret has given me the wisdom to slow down, pay attention, and offer kindness when and where I can now.
I regret having waited until my late 30's to start writing. But then again, beginning later in life, my writing had more depth, dimension and insight
than it would have if I had started young and become successful young.
I believe that there is a message and a gift in each regret.