Thursday Two Questions

Thursday Two Questions –Regrets/No Regrets

1.  They say, ‘the only regrets you have are the things you do not do’.  Do you have regrets over something you didn’t do, if so what was it?  The only regret that comes to mind is trying to do more to get published but this is something I finally took the lead on by going the self-published route with my soon-to-release children’s book.

2.  Life is too short, what have you been slow to do, but really want to do?  I guess my answer to the previous question works for this one, too.  I was reluctant to pursuing self-publishing because I thought it like taking a short cut but after reading positive articles on the wave to break into the market I knew I had to at least try.

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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.

15 Comments

  • Lui

    1. Oh but there are so many things I wanted to do but were not able to like art projects (bags, mixed media painting, etc). I regretted it but I don’t allow myself to feel bad about it. After all, there were also many things I didn’t expect to do but did and with success (books, films, some paintings, workshops, etc.)!

    2. I want to sew using my portable sewing machine but somehow could not find the time nor skill to do it!

    That was fun! Thanks.

  • Cathy Kennedy

    Donnie, everyone of us can relate to lack of maturity and the ability to understand of all people our parents. One has to learn how to forgive themselves first before the quilt is able to seize control of one’s mind. I’m sure your mother looked past this and didn’t allow it to settle into her heart. It’s time to forgive yourself.

    At least your heart is satisfied at this stage in the game and have minimal nags tugging at you. Many people regardless of age have deep remorse because of lost time to seek out their dreams. Next time, you feel complacent, then try do something to resolved that feeling so it won’t haunt you.

    I feel so fortunated and blessed with God’s blessings of my first children’s story being published soon. Regardless of the outcome in the market place, at least I won’t have any regrets.

  • DoanLegacy

    Great questions to get the mind working!

    1-Didn’t say or show love to my father often..

    2-want to travel around the world, but so far only a few states in US!

  • Cathy Kennedy

    @IcyBC…not standing one’s ground is an easy regret. Sometimes it can be hard to remain solid when circumstances make you sway against your convictions. Hopefully, we all learn from our shortcomings in this area and to be stronger when questionable situations arise. Slowly, but surely that’s good. At least you’re working in the right direction in getting your writings into print. Whoo-hoo!

  • Cathy Kennedy

    @IcyBC…not standing one’s ground is an easy regret. Sometimes it can be hard to remain solid when circumstances make you sway against your convictions. Hopefully, we all learn from our shortcomings in this area and to be stronger when questionable situations arise. Slowly, but surely that’s good. At least you’re working in the right direction in getting your writings into print. Whoo-hoo!

  • Icy BC

    Regrets I have so many, and the one thing I regret most was, not stood my ground when I know the situation was bad. In other words staying stronger!

    I’ve been slow in pursuing my dream of publishing my poetry and story, but I’m doing it now, still slow though 🙂

  • Cathy Kennedy

    @DoanLegacy…it’s that truth about letting your dad know how much you care. I’ve been guilty of this in the past, but I’m doing better. All too often dads’ get the short end of the stick.

    I hope you get to travel the world, but I’m content with staying state side. I’m a big chicken when it comes to air or sea travle.

    Thanks for participating!

  • DoanLegacy

    Great questions to get the mind working!

    1-Didn’t say or show love to my father often..

    2-want to travel around the world, but so far only a few states in US!

  • Cathy Kennedy

    @Lui sometimes things you regretted really aren’t regrets after all when you measure your many successes. Perhaps, all you need to do is fine a rainy day to set down at your sewing machine to start a project and even you don’t finish it in one day, at least you’ve broken the barrier that’s hendered you. God bless!

  • Lui

    1. Oh but there are so many things I wanted to do but were not able to like art projects (bags, mixed media painting, etc). I regretted it but I don’t allow myself to feel bad about it. After all, there were also many things I didn’t expect to do but did and with success (books, films, some paintings, workshops, etc.)!

    2. I want to sew using my portable sewing machine but somehow could not find the time nor skill to do it!

    That was fun! Thanks.

  • Cathy Kennedy

    Donnie, everyone of us can relate to lack of maturity and the ability to understand of all people our parents. One has to learn how to forgive themselves first before the quilt is able to seize control of one’s mind. I’m sure your mother looked past this and didn’t allow it to settle into her heart. It’s time to forgive yourself.

    At least your heart is satisfied at this stage in the game and have minimal nags tugging at you. Many people regardless of age have deep remorse because of lost time to seek out their dreams. Next time, you feel complacent, then try do something to resolved that feeling so it won’t haunt you.

    I feel so fortunated and blessed with God’s blessings of my first children’s story being published soon. Regardless of the outcome in the market place, at least I won’t have any regrets.

  • Donnie

    Wow, what deep questions.

    1- Regrets, I have a few but mostly that I wasn’t mature enough to understand other people, mainly my Mom. I’m 65- do you ever let go of the guilt.

    2- Either I’m content or complacent but I can’t think of anything. The Lord has blessed me in more ways than I can count.

  • Cathy Kennedy

    @ Margaret recognizing your regrets and doing something about later than never is always a good thing. As far as technology goes, hey, you’ve stepped up to the plate and batting hard. Just keeping swinging at it, you’ll hit a lot of home-runs from here on end.

    @Krislin, not many young people know how to pull their parents through marital crisis. Kids hurt right along with their moms and dads, if not more so, throughout this ordeal. I understand your longings for them to be together, though. My own parents went through a separation heading for divorce in the mid 80s and it nearly crushed me, but thankfully they were able to find their way back together. I don’t believe you’re truly a slow person, but what ever you heart’s desire is don’t let time slip away without reaching for your dreams.

  • Krislin Neo, Ting (Syracuse Pike)

    1) Yeah, I do have one.. It is how I never attempted to be the ‘pillar’ of my parents’ marriage. I know this probably sound insane but that is something I truly feel regret for not attempting.. Of course, now that I have grown up, knowing what marriage is like, I know there’s a reason or two why they have to part but still, witnessing other such as my cousins or friends who keep their parents’ marriage until all is worked out made me feel like slapping myself hard. Rather than to stick them together, I actually ‘force’ myself to be an adult, coming to terms that they have to part instead of showing them how miserable I am…Until today, no one knew how deeply I wish they are still together..

    2)Wow, yeah, life is short and well, I am almost slow in everything.. whether it is realising, making decisions, etc, I more of a ‘slow’ person.. I prefer to look around for something hidden or more than just moving on..

    I am weird, aren’t I? 😛 😛

  • Margaret Duarte

    Regrets? That I caved to authority for so long, that I delayed stepping into my own life story.

    What was I slow to do? It took until April of this year for me to familiarize myself with my computer (other than Microsoft Word, of course). Of all of my brothers and sisters, I was the most technologically challenged until I took up blogging.

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