The definition of REGRET from Dictionary.com:
- To feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about.
- To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.
Synonyms: regret, sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, heartache, heartbreak
These nouns denote mental distress. Regret has the broadest range, from mere disappointment to a painful sense of dissatisfaction or self-reproach, as over something lost or done
This is just something that’s been mulling over in my mind over the past couple of days. Perhaps it’s from the story I was working on.I love the sentence in the “Synonyms” section about regret having the broadest range.
Some people say that we should live without regret, and to a point I suppose that’s true. I mean, to mourn something done wrong so much that you’re reliving the past is simply unnecessary and unhealthy. Especially the small stuff. You can’t go days wishing you’d had the spaghetti instead of the lasagne for lunch last week.
However, I think that to live completely free of regret is to admit that no mistakes have been made. So what do we learn from? What’s a situation when it’s reasonable to regret what happened? And when do we shake it off and say “Enough!” and move on?
I don’t have the answers here. I’m just throwing it out there. Feel free to add your two cents.