Several years ago, I listened to a podcast where Oprah Winfrey interviewed Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. In that interview, he talked about his decision to leave a very lucrative career on Wall Street to start his own company. He told Oprah his boss at the time asked why in the world he would give up a well-paying, secure job and take a risk selling books online out of his garage. That’s when he shared this phrase that has stuck with me ever since…“regret minimization.” He didn’t want to be on his deathbed and regret not trying that crazy business idea. I’d say that decision worked out pretty well for him!
As many of you know, I just returned from a magical four-week road trip visiting friends and family all along the East Coast. My journey was filled with more miracles than I can count! I was able to reconnect with my godchildren whom I had not seen in many years, go boating with all four of my siblings on a lake in Pennsylvania, hike in Upstate NY with my sister to celebrate her milestone birthday, and share many more joyful moments of laughter with people I love. Some of those moments are captured in photos on my Instagram and Facebook pages.
You may recall I wrote that some fear came up before I left because coronavirus cases were still rising in some areas. I could have let fear stop me from taking this trip, but my inner voice kept saying it was important for me to trust and get on the road anyway. Regret minimization also played a part in my decision. I did not want to look back and regret not taking advantage of that opening in my work schedule. I know I made the right decision because my heart is still overflowing with gratitude for the many gifts I received last month.
What about you? Is there something you want to do or try, but fear is holding you back? Have you been receiving messages that it’s time to change something in your life? I invite you to consider how you will feel 20 years from now if you don’t take action. Will you regret it and wonder what would have happened? I have yet to hear anyone on their deathbed say, “I sure wish I had spent less time with my loved ones and more time at work.” If there is a longing in your heart, maybe now is the time to follow your joy and give it a try. I would be honored to assist you in moving through fear with a series of weekly Life Coaching sessions. Please visit my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session.
Until next time, may trust and regret minimization give you the courage to follow your joy.
Until you realize you give up nothing, until you understand there is no loss, you will have some regrets about the way that you have chosen. And you will not see the many gains your choice has offered you. Yet though you do not see them, they are there.
A Course in Miracles ~ T-29.II.1:5-7