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Regrets - A response to Brenda's prompt.

Peace is a high school- level educator and a writer that is dedicated to creating engaging contents for online platforms.

"Life is about choices. Some we regret. Some we are proud of. Some will haunt us forever... We are what we choose to be" -- Graham Brown.

"Life is about choices. Some we regret. Some we are proud of. Some will haunt us forever... We are what we choose to be" -- Graham Brown.

Handling Regrets

I feel like the biggest let down is to think that you could have done more, you were capable of so much more and you could have reached further than you did if you had done something differently.

Then again, I love to think that regret is a matter of perspective, if we see them as regret or lessons. Like some people, I want to think that I do not have any regrets but only mistakes which were as a result of my decisions that didn't bring forth the desired result. It's not easy because reality checks are hard and sometimes I look back at my life and think how I could have changed those little decisions I made but then I can never redo them. So what do I do? I consider them as learnings and move ahead because dwelling so much on what I did or didn't do makes me feel pathetic and sometimes lowers my self confidence. Basically I just use my mistakes as teaching tools and focus on things I can control.

Poem: Regrets

Looking back,

Hearts are broken.

Love is lost.

Friends are lost.

Risk is taken.

Words are said.

Paths are crossed.

Secrets are shared.

Promises are made.

Decisions are made.

Dreams are unfulfilled.

Chances are missed.

Goodbyes are Unspoken.

And on and on it goes.


The past has been buried,

But somehow it comes haunting.

Regret takes it by hand.

To and fro,

They flash before me,

With pain that comes with reminiscing.

They are sad like a plague,

That won't go away.


I hope to forget.

Everything I did,

And could have done.

I don't want to feel the regret I left behind.

An emotion that causes pain and pierces the heart.

I'm never looking back anymore.

I only want to see what is in front of me.

I want to live in the present.

I want to live life with no regrets.

© 2021 Peace Tobe Dike

Comments

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for this comment and analysis of my response. It's highly appreciated. Thank you!

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

Hello Misbah.

Thank you for your nice comment my friend.

And how's your health?. Hope you're doing ok. I wish you speedy recovery. I've missed reading your articles. Sending love and light your way.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

Hi Rozlin...you're very welcome and I'm glad I could share it. Thank you for taking time to read. Blessings.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

Hello Vidya,

Of course life would really be beautiful without regrets....thank you for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Tobe

I love your introduction.

It is better to view them as mistakes that we use as teaching tools and move forward in our life.

In your Poem: Regrets

You show us everything we see as when look back...those lost loves, promises never kept, the risks we took speaking harsh words, and so on.

The past has a way of flashing before our eyes making us feel a sadness that is awful.

You tell us to look forward because looking back pierces our hearts with too much pain.

I love all of your quotes.

You did a great job on this one!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 10, 2021:

Tobe, I really like your response to Brenda's Prompt Challenge. It's always a good idea to look on the bright side of things. Being optimistic is the best thing we can do for ourselves and others. Regrets kill us on the inside.

Blessings to you, dear friend

Rozlin from UAE on July 10, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, peace. I enjoyed reading your poem. It conveys a very good message...not to regret on mistakes and move on. Thank you for sharing.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 10, 2021:

Good response to Brenda's word prompt, Peace. It's better to live in the present than dwell on past mistakes. Wouldn't it be wonderful for us all to live a life without regret and fly free like a butterfly.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 10, 2021:

Thank you, Maryam.

Blessings to you.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 10, 2021:

I'm glad you enjoyed reading the poem, Jodah.

Thank you for taking time to you. Appreciated.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 10, 2021:

Hi Peggy.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings to you.

Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on July 10, 2021:

Beautifully explained.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2021:

Tobz, this is a wonderful response to Brenda’s prompt. You covered all the forms of regret in your poem. I enjoyed reading it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2021:

That is the best way to handle regrets. Learn from them, and move forward. Good response to Brenda's word prompt!

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