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Priorities & Regrets

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How do you rate your priorities? Do you have a good system of how you stack them? I’m feeling kind of philosophical about this issue. I found out this morning that an older gentleman that lived next door to my mom’s lake home passed away during the night. I’ve known him most of my life and he was a special person to our family.

It started me to thinking about the last time I saw him. He was riddled with sickness from cancer and he didn’t want me to see him like he was. It was really sad, but I made him talk to me regardless. I could tell it hurt him for me to see him so broken.

I feel like I didn’t do enough. I didn’t have time to go see him when he was hospitalized. I didn’t take the time to go see him when they brought him home to die. In one respect I was trying to respect his feelings, but should I have done more. My heart aches at the could haves and should haves. 

Do we take for granted that things will fix themselves? Do we take our friends and family for granted? Do we think they will be there tomorrow so go then? Do we have the Scarlett O’hara theory of “I’ll think about it tomorrow”? 

I just feel so depleted. I know he’s better off, but did he know that I cared. I hope he did. He was a sweet, precious man. So my thing is this, don’t wait until tomorrow the things that can be done today. Take that time. Make it work somehow.

As always, Good writing and May God bless you…

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Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Payne Hurt has been writing stories since she was a teenager, but only started publishing her work in 2012, 30 years later. The romance genre drew her in at an early age. Since 2012 she's published over 15 Romance novels/novellas. Stephanie is a busy lady. She's a Children's Minister, Accountant, wife and mother along with a blogger and writer, along with starting a publishing service called Horseshoe Publishing alongside her publisher. It's been an exciting ride and she looks forward to what the future holds for her writing. Currently she writes romance ranging from Christian, Contemporary, Suspense and Cowboy. Her work is available at many online retailers, on her website and in a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia near her home. Come by and visit her at http://www.stephaniehurtauthor.com/ and subscribe to get updates and release dates, also her monthly newsletter! Don't forget to join her Street Team for all the new updates and to get free chapters of upcoming books and lots of other prizes.

5 thoughts on “Priorities & Regrets

  1. He’s in a better place now and not suffering. I’m sure he knew you cared. Keep remembering the good times!

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. I guess we sometimes do take it for granted that things will come to right again all by themselves and forget that there is a reason humans possess humanity. It is meant for caring and knowing what is right from wrong. Sending hugs your way.

  3. There’s a great piece on TED.com about regret by Kathryn Schulz. The link is below. It’s interesting and worth watching. Thanks for the sentiment you shared. There are definitely things I regret. The only thing you can do is tell yourself you won’t do it that way again in the future should you have the chance.

    Here’s the link: http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_don_t_regret_regret.html

  4. You can never know what will happen. That is why you should always live everyday to the fullest. Don’t feel bad. If he wasn’t sure that you cared, he knows now.

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