Handling Feelings of Regret or Sorrow

That is, if I allow them to cause me regret or remorse.

  1. There are no do-overs. If you hurt another person and feel guilty, you can attempt to assuage the situation with a new action, like an apology. If that doesn’t work, try being kind to yourself. You are a human, and you can forgive yourself.
  2. If you notice a pattern in your behavior, you may wish to examine the internal benefits you derive from doing the same thing repeatedly. This exposure is painful.

No one said it better than Joanne Greenberg in the title of her book, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.”

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Lynn Zimmering

Lynn Zimmering

Well, I’ve done it — I’m ninety! I can hardly believe it myself and still writing. Here’s the deal; I’ll keep writing if you keep reading. Thanks.