The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is today.
I really wish I would have planted that tree 20 years ago. Do you know where I’d be today if I’d done that?
Ah, the insidious monster of regret. In our guilt for what we should have done, we sit around thinking, beating ourselves up and feeling crappy about who we are. We might say, “What’s the point now? It’s too late. You’ll never be any good. It’ll never be ok.” As a result, we spend more time NOT doing what we know we should be doing.
But a little bit of regret can be a good thing. It helps us make sense of the world, avoid future negative behaviors, and improves our ability to change our behavior to get what we actually want…
IF we move from regret to action.
Yes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. But today is a good time, too. Feel the regret, learn the lesson, and do differently.
Give, because now is a good time to be more generous to others and to give more of your gifts to the world.