It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Chapter 4, Page 7, Book 09

I 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 ofit. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip".

I got tickets to fly there on "WISHIHAD" 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 canceled by ME!

I started to 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't change yesterday, but I do have the power to make today a wonderful day".
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 the mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no
physical way to undo them.
So, if you are planning a trip 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 Myself 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. You too, can find this new town, just ask the Lord to show you the way. Now I live on ICANDOITstreet.
Author Unknown


I’m regretting the fact that it is snowing in northern Ohio. I am having a pity party for all the buds that are getting nipped with below freezing temps. Not only us but many others too.

I’m praying for some sunshine and warmth for sure. I know we all need it badly.
I keep trying to put away that winter coat, but then I have to drag it out again. This may be the winter it gets worn out!

Wool socks and long johns are still a part of my wardrobe. I’m tired of carrying all these layers around. I know that the spring like days we should be having are just around the corner, but they are taking their time.

Winter just doesn’t know how to quite this year!


Want to stay away from Regret City – here is some advice for you

The mistakes to avoid:
Remorse over yesterday's failures.
Anxiety over today's problems.
Worry over tomorrow's uncertainty.
Waste of the moment's opportunity.
Procrastination with one's present duty.
Resentment of another's success.
Criticism of a neighbor's imperfection.
Impatience with youth's immaturity.
Skepticism of our nation's future.
Unbelief in God's providence
William Arthur Ward

‘On Ya’-ma

Feelings are everywhere--be gentle.

J. Masai


Jeannette said...

It is sad when the cold weather returns just when the buds are coming out. Sound advice, I really must try to be more positive. Love you xxx

Kathy said...

Good post with some great advice. You can't change the past only the future. Hope you get some warmer weather soon and I hope it lasts this time.

Kath said...

Oh dear Ma I am sorry to read the snow has returned.It's been sunny here all day long but a little blustery.Still as long as we don't return to snow thats the main thing.I will pray yours leaves you soon.Keep wrapped up.Safe journeys.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Sandra said...

it looks like everyone had a great time! you are not alone with your weather if that is any help.... we all will really appriciate a nice warm day for sure

Janie said...

Unknown author.. sure was good and ever so true! By the looks of your side bar it look like you all had fun. I think you and family know how to enjoy each gathering. :) Hope you have a blessed day... and I am wishing with you for spring. :) God Bless, Janie

Carlene Noggle said...

It is cold here in Ga. today too. N. Ga had snow! Last week were in the 70's! Loved your post today.
love ya,

Ally Lifewithally said...

enjoyed reading your post today ~ loved the pictures on your sidebar ~ We have had a Sunny Day today but it is still quite chilly ~ Ally x

Scrappy quilter said...

Great advice...abut Regret City. Loved this post.

We don't have any blooms yet, we don't even have leaves yet. It's nice and sunny here, however our temps are below normal. It'll soon be here and then we will probably be complaining that it's too hot.