GLAD YOU DID – WISH YOU
The banker on the other end of the phone line asked my husband if he knew Frank.
Yes, he did.
Did he know that he had passed away and the bank held an account for Frank that listed my husband as a joint owner?
No, he didn’t.
When he put the phone down his face, which moments before was happy and free of distress, was now lined with disbelief and sadness. He looked at me and said,
“I wish I would have called him to
have lunch last month when I
thought about it.”
Although my husband talked about Frank often, he hadn’t been in close contact with his friend in some time. The sudden shock of his passing immediately led to regret for the missed opportunities that he would never be able to do over.
In life we are given moment by moment opportunities to make phone calls, to write notes, to share meals, to be kind and to give the gift of our time to those we love and care for.
At times you may wonder if it is something you should do or not. When you are trying to decide, use this meter to judge --
After the opportunity passes will you say,
I’m glad I did!
Or will you say:
I wish I would have!
This makes the decision so much easier. If you visualize how you would feel afterward and you are glad you did it, then it’s the right thing to do.
If you visualize being sorry you missed the opportunity, especially if there is no chance for a do-over, then it’s the right thing to do.
If neither of these answers fit, then maybe it isn’t something you need to do, but be very clear before you take this path. Living in the regret of “wishing you would have” is a sad place to be.
Take advantage of your next opportunity and be proud to say,
“I’m glad I did.”
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Pennie’s Life Lesson:
“We are given moment by moment opportunities that you will either be glad you did or wish you would have – which will it be?"
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My intent in sharing this with you is to encourage you to think about your moment by moment opportunities... how will you respond?
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