Patience and Regrets


“I won’t wait ’til tomorrow.”

Is there anything wrong with this policy of life?

Oh right. There’s the problem of being unprepared. Add to that the problem of being naive. And then there’s the problem of timing. Each of these can be compounding problems.

If you’re unprepared, it means you don’t have the necessary tools and supplies to carry out whatever it is you won’t wait to obtain. If you’re naive, it’s pretty much the same as being unprepared except it’s mental. You’re mentally unprepared for the thing you want so immediately. You won’t be able to handle it and in many cases you’ll lose. If you lack good timing, it may mean you’ll suffer the same problems again and again. You’ll repeat the mistake.

Better to learn after the first mistake, but how many of us humans ever do that? It usually takes us four or five times of pain and punishment, self-inflicted and otherwise, before we even start to recognize the pattern of a downward spiral.

How many people do you know who got so drunk they immediately went out and got themselves a tattoo? Then later, of course, the hangover had to wear off and the “tattoops” had to be removed.

“Wrong name. That wasn’t my girlfriend. Not the image I remember. How did that get there? Wrong location. (It wasn’t as embarrassing to bare that body part when I was under the influence.) I swear I’ll never drink again.”


Get a clue now. Learn patience. Recognize the patterns of life to collect fewer regrets.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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