The City of Regret
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 of it.
I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had 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 and appearance. And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories
(excuses) about how things had failed in his/her 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 cancelled by ME! I started to truly 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 mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, if you’re planning a trip back 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 Myselfs 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. God bless you in finding this great town.
If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street.
by Larry Harp
Three things in life that, once gone, never come back –
Three things in life that can destroy a person –
Three things in life that you should never lose-
Three things in life that are most valuable –
2. Family & Friends
Three things in life that are never certain –
Three things that make a person –
3. Hard work
Three things that are Truly Constant
♥ ♥ ♥
Our GOD and FATHER JEHOVAH
His SON Our Messiah JESUS CHRIST
GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT
Time … past and still ticking … I’ve yet to find
achievement acted upon desires of my own design
Golden time .. seconds minutes hours of everyday
fly by like gold dust scattered down silent highway
Yet still … I spin and spin on the wheel of life
soldier on would I … no matter what kind of strife
If my wishes for a little fortune magically appear
like stars in the night … spirit would sparkle happier
It’s only material wishes that would unburden my soul
no such wish for riches but to repay a debt of long ago
All of my life … I’ve walk the path of good intentions
sad to say … oft times it’s met with accusing questions
And that’s what hurts, deep deep down inside my heart
emptiness felt, woefulness of red arteries flow like art
Even though winds of change veered another course
I’m left beleaguered like a forlorn rider with no horse
Right directions decided but wrong timing to pursue
chains of duties and commitments kept me subdue
Dreams … I have like sand on the shores
dedicated perseverance … success blend for encores
Loves … one true love and a forbidden soul mate
torn between two … flummoxed … leaving it to fate
My life’s pathetic repertoire of challenging cycles and phases
fade dark days for hope and faith soars me to higher places
© Keziah Boey October 2004
This poem may not be reproduced on any website or other medium without consent.
If you wish to use this poem, please request permission first.