How many things have you regretted doing in your life? I bet quite a few, just like everyone else.
Well, below is my list of 7 things that I know I will never regret doing and this knowledge is actually empowering in so many ways. For example, it is nice to feel that you can not mess up (for a change). It’s liberating not to make a decision between “the thing you want to do” and “the thing you know you should be doing”. Not to mention, that it is awesome to be 99% sure that there are some experiences that are guaranteed to bring you peace of mind and satisfaction.
7 Things you’ll never regret doing:
1. Forgive a past hurt.
Decades-old grudges, unresolved arguments, long-held misconceptions, and insignificant, tiny lies are splinters of our emotional lives. They distress you and hold you back more than you can imagine. End them.
Smooth over tensions. Put past hurts away. Forgive, let go of this heavy emotional baggage and make space for love, joy and compassion into your heart.
2. Organize a spontaneous day off for your kids.
How cool would it be not to wait until the weekend, but instead plan a trip to the zoo or go to the movies with your children on a workday?
Who as a child did not dream about skipping a day of school to do something fun? It is like a Birthday, only better, because you never expect it.
Yes, school is important, but it is also crucial to remember that weekends are not the only two days a week when you are allowed to have fun and do something exciting.
3. Bring fresh flowers into your home.
Since we usually receive flowers for special occasions, having them in our house always creates a soul-soothing atmosphere of joy and celebration. And as no day in our life should pass by unnoticed or unappreciated, a big bouquet of colorful tulips or fragrant hyacinth could be just the reminder you need to take a second and savor small pleasures.
4. Visit a spiritual place.
It does not matter what religion you practice or if you have your own idea of God, visiting spiritual places is always an enriching experience.
Next time you pass by a church, a Buddhist temple, a synagogue, or a mosque, take a few minutes to enter and just stay there for a while.
Any place where people pray or meditate together, where they try to be their best, is where positive energy and peace are felt the most. And, therefore, it is always a good place to be.
5. De-clutter your home.
Getting everything in order all at once, may seem like one of Hercules’ twelve labors, but no one says that you have to approach it all at once. Start with just one room and make it shine.
A de-cluttered, simplified and ordered space around you will bring mental clarity and peace of mind. It is not a coincidence that many people compare simple tasks such as ironing or washing dishes to meditation.
6. Bring one thing you procrastinated against to completion.
Maybe you have been postponing paying a bill or answering an email. These uncompleted tasks buzz into your head like a hive of angry bees and little by little drain your energy. If you have 10 free minutes today, get it off your chest and get it over with. It is totally worth it.
7. Give something to a person who admires it.
It may be hard to do it if no one asks you for anything? But then again, people send you subtle messages about things that they like all the time. You just have to pay attention.
I have a friend who has a unique quality of giving people small presents that they would never expect to receive. Every time I invite her for dinner at my house, she brings me something very personal that makes me feel truly special. Like a cute green bottle of truffle-flavored olive oil. Or a pack of “Green SuperFood” powder, because she knows that I love making fruit shakes in the morning. Or an electric tea kettle, because I usually boil water in a pan.
You don’t have to be a mind reader to show other people that you care about them enough to notice what they like.
Does your friend comments on one particular magnet that you have on your fridge? Why not give it to them? Or maybe your co-worker tells you that she adores dark chocolate. Well, you know what to bring her for her Birthday next time. Of course, it takes more effort on your part to notice and remember little things like these, but I guarantee that you will never regret doing it.
I wonder what some things that you would never regret doing are?
Take time to share your thoughts in the comment section below!