By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
It’s easy to look over our lives and regret the things we’ve done. But really, we should be regretting the things we didn’t do.
We all wish that we’d spent more time with family, saved more money, traveled the country and took better care of our bodies.
Don’t let your past decisions and tragedies define you. They are only lessons in life that help move us forward to make better decisions.
I’m sure there are many of you who pour a lot of time and energy into your job because financial success is essential for a quality of life for your family. Then, at some point, you realize your kids are grown or almost grown, and you didn’t spend quality time with them.
Also, you might regret not visiting elderly relatives, especially aging parents. All parents desire the love of their children, no matter what age.
There’s a reason for a more than 40 percent obesity rate in America. We’ve allowed ourselves to fall into the trap of a continual bad diet. Now, you’re facing health issues — and possibly a shorter life span.
We’ve all said and done things to others that weren’t necessary, plus you’re probably embarrassed or ashamed.
Listen, we cannot escape bad decision making, but now, it’s part of the past. The beauty of all the negative examples I just wrote about can be turned around immediately.
Today is the day to strap on a pair of sneakers and start the journey to a healthier body. You’ve also decided to eliminate fried-foods and sugary sodas because you now have control.
You must find time to step away from a busy career and enjoy the beauty of our amazing country. Take a long weekend or vacation with the spouse or family and realize there’s more to life than working.
Pick up the phone and call all the necessary people who’ve impacted your life. Tell them you’re sorry for your actions and you want them back in your life.
Go visit your parents while you still can. I have had coffee with my parents almost every Sunday morning for the past many years. They are some of my biggest fans and my best friends. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t get to hug them and tell them how much I love them.
Just don’t let tomorrow come and you’re regretting the things you didn’t do yesterday. Take a deep breath and know it’s all going to be ok.