September 15, 2018

We only Regret the Chances we Didn’t Take.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”  ~ Amelia Earhart


The powerful wisdom of yesteryear,


like an abandoned basket of marbles
that scatter and splay across the floor,
like the starbursts of the intelligence in your soul.

Ignored and suppressed.
Rolling aimlessly: this way and that.

Enough to slip up an army of the excessively busy
marching to work—just short of a run.

Where are you going?
What are you doing?

The wisdom of yesteryear.
Commanding the hearts of the alive and awakened.

I believe you’ve heard the call.

How long will you push it away?

Where am I going?
What am I doing?

Is this what matters most to me?

Time is so precious.
Time is so precious, my dear.

Love filters through my being
for all the souls who walk this Earth—beside themselves

with worry.
With fear.
Frustration and expectation.
With regret.

If you continue along this trajectory, where will you find yourself?

Is that where you want to be? 

Does that invoke the life of which you dream?

And honestly, what actually matters? To you?

Is this it?

Does it pack the punch?
That meets your soul and fuels your fire?

Time is so precious.
Time is so precious, my dear.

Our fears are paper tigers.

Are you willing to let this important thing…

…simply slip away?

Like abandoned marbles of ancient clarity—spilling aimlessly across the floor.

“In the end…We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” ~ Lewis Caroll 



author: Cat Simmons

Image: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty/YouTube

Editor: Lieselle Davidson

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Cat Simmons

Catherine Simmons is an Enlightened Society junky with a bountiful array of passions. In a nutshell, while she champions gentleness and groundedness, she is mildly insane about the outdoors and the inner workings of becoming our best, most mindful selves. She believes in human kindness and mutual responsibility. She is teaching herself to free-dive and spends inordinate amounts of time in the mountains, now that she is healing from a seven-year M.E. illness—a journey which in itself has been a wonderful teacher. She is a dancer and a poet, and is studying to become a Natural Health Practitioner. She finds this pretty thrilling, because understanding the inner workings of pathology and the ways back to health are right at the top of her list of passions; followed closely by making yummy healthy food and helping others. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her favorite side kick—a border collie named Malaika. One of her dreams is to cycle through Africa, side-kick in tow. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.