I suspect we can all agree that regret is one of the most toxic of the emotions. It is both paralyzing and, fundamentally, useless. I have my share of regrets, but lately I’ve been thinking about how there are certain things that I never regret and others that I always regret. And even though I know these things about myself – surefire ways to feel good, surefire ways to feel bad – I sometimes struggle to act on them. Why is that? Is inertia that powerful? I suspect that’s a big part of it.
The other day I started thinking about the various actions that I know cause regret, and those that never do. I wanted to specifically name them, both because I’m interested in what these things are for you and because I hope it might help me remind myself of the value of choosing things from the first list and avoiding those from the second.
Things I never regret:
Going to yoga
Going to bed
Going for a run (or exercise of any kind)
Meditating (5 minutes is my max, so don’t be too impressed)
Things I always regret:
That last glass of wine (it’s been a while since I was in this situation, truthfully)
Opening the bag of jelly beans, or anything super sugary
Talking about myself in a social setting
What are things that you always, and never, regret?