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Why Live Life With No Regrets?

At the motivational merchandising site for Kimberley Crossman, I came across the following thought by “Sophie B” today:

Live life with no regrets

From time to time we all wish we could turn back time and fix our mistakes. It is important to remember that these experiences make us who we are, mistakes are how we learn. You wouldn’t be the person you are today if it weren’t for life’s valuable lessons.

It’s ok to mess up
Learn from your perceived failures and move on! Don’t let negative thoughts drag you down.

At the end of the day you are your own best friend
Make sure your health and wellbeing is priority. You can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself.

Follow your dreams, not the aspirations some may have for you
You will be the only one living your life, choose your own path not the one people want you to follow.

Over at the shirt shop at TeeSpring.com, Sarah is selling the following shirt on commission:

Sarah sells a No Regrets shirt likely made in a sweatshop

Every time it sells, she makes a couple of bucks without having to lift a finger. How could Sarah have regrets with a deal like that? Well, she might have regrets if she thought about the fact that in Haiti, Honduran sweatshop workers are treated as sub-human and make $6 a day producing Gildan shirts, the brand Sarah sells with. Would it be disempowering to regret profiting off of other people’s misery?

When I see that shirt, I think of Adolf Hitler wearing it. I think of Hitler mouthing the Kimberley Crossman “no regrets” mottos with pretty, pretty flowers in the background. “From time to time we all wish we could turn back time and fix our mistakes. It is important to remember that these experiences make us who we are… It’s ok to mess up!… Don’t let negative thoughts drag you down. At the end of the day you are your own best friend Make sure your health and wellbeing is priority. You can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself. Follow your dreams, not the aspirations some may have for you. You will be the only one living your life, choose your own path not the one people want you to follow.” Hitler sure did choose his own path and take care of himself. But shouldn’t he have had some regrets?

What kind of a life does a person lead if they have no regrets? A profoundly unreflective one? A narcissistic one? A self-excusing one? An utterly boring and unadventurous one? An unethical one?

Regrets are useful. They are an invitation to reflect, to think over our past actions. Our regrets can be a motivation, prompting us to reflect on what we might have done differently in the past so that we can practice doing better in the future.

Let’s buck this trend. Let’s stop pretending that avoiding self-accountability is like some kind of social movement. Let’s bring regret back in.

2 thoughts on “Why Live Life With No Regrets?”

  1. Tom says:

    Well, Jim – that’s how Wall Street works, isn’t it? No regrets crashing the global economic system for their own profits, manipulating people, lying, using programed computers to front-run and be nano-seconds ahead of ‘the herd,’ lining their pockets while Main Street and the environment take it on the chin – in short, deceiving investors to fleece them over and over again. That’s called “doing business” in America – it’s all about exploitation, undercutting, outsourcing, lying (via advertising)and greed. Capitalism is like that.

  2. Christen Wooten says:

    Well, good t-shirt, but i dont think your point here is correct, i think you should think again about another side of this topic and find the way to the right point!

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