Leaving the City of Regret

February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Do you struggle with regret over bad decisions, lost opportunities, and mistakes?

Who doesn’t?

But if we allow those feelings to overwhelm us then it will get in the way of the fresh start that God has promised to give us.

He said His mercies are new every morning  (Lamentations 3:22-23)

That means every day is a new beginning

Yet we often remove ourselves from that privilege

The privilege of a new beginning

We let our regret, guilt or feelings of defeat stand in the way from starting over

I heard this story today and had to share it with you.

It will remind you that it is never too late to begin again!


Leaving the City of Regret
by: Larry HarpI had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”

I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines.

It was an extremely short flight.

I got my baggage, which I could not check.

I chose to carry it myself all the way.

It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been.

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport.

I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event…..the Annual Pity Party.

I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion!!

Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the Done family.

You know… Should Have, Would Have and Could Have.

Then came the I Had family.

You probably know ol’ Wish and his clan.

Of course, the Opportunities would be present– Missed and Lost.

The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s.

There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.

Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance.

And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so.

And, as usual, I became very depressed.

But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME! 

I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there.

I didn’t have to be depressed.

One thing kept going through my mind.




I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging.

Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.

Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past?


But there is no physical way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now!!

Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again.

I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there.

My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful.

By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.

God bless you in finding this great town.

If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up.

I live on I Can Do It street.



Maybe today you still feel full of regret at past mistakes

Maybe you are overwhelmed by defeat and tired of trying

So try something just for today

Give yourself a day off from your regrets

And for this moment totally embrace the idea that THIS day is full of promise

That it is a day free of regret and drenched in mercy and grace just for YOU!

Then grab your water bottle and do 30 seconds of exercise

If that’s all you do, it’s a total success!!

We can leave the City of Regret

For the Land of Hope

Let’s go!!







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Lori February 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I love that Matthew West song. My niece and I belt it out whenever we’re together.
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Beth February 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

It is easy to dwell on the past and I find myself in that pattern on occasion. But it is so important to keep looking forward!!
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Christine February 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago today and I am still in the same place I was. I haven’t followed through with the changes I did make in the beginning and should have stuck with. I would have been in a much better place now if I had. I have been really regretting my choices of this last year and beating myself up. I am doing my best to pick myself and do better THIS year so next year I can move out of the city of regret.
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Anonymous February 9, 2014 at 12:32 am

Thank you for this! I love your blog posts. They are so applicable to many different areas of life besides weight loss. Your a really inspiring person 🙂


Colleen February 17, 2014 at 9:57 pm

All I can say today is, thank you.


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