Shoulda Coulda Woulda

Shoulda, coulda, woulda … I hate that saying. There’s nothing positive about it, at all. I think it should be listed as the definition of the word regret. What rings in your mind when you rattle those words?

Okay, so here’s the good part. It doesn’t have to end that way. Not yet. Don’t let shoulda, coulda, woulda become your epitaph. Seriously. Make a list right now. What are the things you’re thinking you should have done, could have done, or would have done? Perhaps it is too late for a few of them, but not all. As long as there’s breath, there’s hope. If you should have said you’re sorry, maybe you still can. If you could have taken your child to that movie, maybe you still can. If you would have … (fill in the blank).

Shoulda, coulda, woulda is past tense living. What can you do differently today? Choose the now, not yesterday. And realize that tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. Make it your goal to arrive at your final days with those three cruddy words nowhere in site.

Greg Tutwiler

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