What are you truly sorry for? What do you regret? Sometimes the words “I’m sorry” can start a person, or two people out on a whole new path. Being that life is all about seeking out what paths to take to better the living standards of you and your loved ones, I believe that it’s good to be honest about where you are and the mistakes you have made. Once the truth is established, lessons can be learned from mistakes that were made. The list that follows is me being honest with my own shortcomings. I present them not to relive the past or dwell upon my defeats. Rather, I’m writing this list so that I may start a journey of radical transparency with myself. My hope is that through this honesty and disclosure that I will identify patterns within myself and embark on a whole new path- one that leads me in a direction when my regrets are few and my successes are great.
I’m sorry that sickness and death has befallen my family. Though it’s not my fault, I haven’t done everything in my power to prevent it.
I’m sorry that I have so often lost my temper when it would have been just as easy to remain calm.
I’m sorry for speaking things that were clearly intended to be offensive rather than remaining quiet.
I’m sorry for not speaking up for ideas and people when I could and should have.
I’m sorry that I have failed to lead certain people in a way that would benefit them.
I’m sorry that I have been defeated in hitting certain goals (although I still have time.)
I’m sorry that certain relationships I have been a part of have soured.
I’m sorry that I have so often failed to reach my potential in certain areas.
I’m sorry that I have not always poured it on or played 100% while doing something.
I’m sorry that I have let certain people down in their expectations of me.
I’m sorry that I have often failed to see the good in people before identifying their negative traits.
I’m sorry that I have failed to convince people to take action that would have benefited them.
I’m sorry that I have not been as successful as I know I can be.
I’m sorry that I have let fear pervade my thinking in the past.
I’m sorry that I have focused on scarcity instead of abundance.
I’m sorry that I have failed to convince more being about taking up the cause of liberty and self-reliance.
I’m sorry that I didn’t have a philosophy for life earlier on.
I’m sorry that I have yelled at my children and wife.
I’m sorry that I have neglected to take action when it was demanded of me.
I’m sorry that I have had such low standards for myself in the past.
I’m sorry for all the times I wasn’t joyful even though it was in my power to feel joy.
I’m sorry for the bad investments I have made.
I’m sorry for not following the “Golden Rule” 100% of the time.
I’m sorry that I have not expanded my network nor my thinking as quickly as I should have.
I’m sorry that I have not stood up against tyranny and the ideology of aggression as steadfastly as I could have.
I’m sorry that I have not done more to expose others to philosophies that could help them.
I’m sorry that I haven’t read as much as I could have in my lifetime.
I’m sorry that I didn’t focus as much as I could have in school.
I’m sorry that I have acted in ways that, in hindsight I believe are shameful.
I’m sorry that I have fed the beast of fear, anxiety and defeat rather than courage, success and joy.
May I never fall into the same patterns that led me to these regrets. May I also live in accordance with the philosophies that I know will lead to fulfillment and growth. I wish the same upon you also.