Leaving Regret – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Prosery (up tp 144 words) using a line from the poem ‘A Map to The Next World.’ by Jo Harjo

dVerse Poets – Prosery

The line is: “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”

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“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” Jim Carrey

Leaving Regret 

Regret, that yearning to grasp at something that slipped away, some long buried treasure 
like a skill or passion, a friendship, an opportunity, the "only if I'd" .... the voice 
that says you could have done that, you would have been set for life, if only you had or 
hadn't, whatever that may mean.

So strange that we live in anxious competition for the perfect life and yet, ironically, 
risk missing life altogether. The past is a mixture of joy and sorrow, but either way it 
can hold us prisoner, while the future is always possible, yet for some, full of worry. 
Life for me is circular, and in a circular world crucial to finding the way is this: there 
is no beginning or end, life is not a race along linear lines of achievement or loss, there
is no pennant only life itself.

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40 Comments

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40 responses to “Leaving Regret – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Brave use of line!
    Life is ” L I F E “!
    I have to use, my brain and mind, to make it ‘ Beautiful’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Valuable’!

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  2. A great philosophy and use of the prompt! For sure the past can hold us prisoner, and even our worries about the future, if we let them we ‘risk missing out on life altogether.’

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Beautiful Writing❤️😊

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Chock full of inspiration, wisdom ~~ beautifully composed! Bravo.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. life is not a race along linear lines of achievement or loss, there
    is no pennant only life itself. What a wonderful statement!
    People ask me if I have regrets. And no one seems to believe me when I say no. But then I explain. If I had regrets, it would mean I’d want to do something differently in my past. But if I did that, I would not be exactly where I am today with a husband of 51 years who is my best friend; children happily married with wonderful spouse and five grandchildren. I would not change a thing because it would have a ripple effect and things would be different. Does that make sense?
    Excellent use of the prompt!

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  6. You never know which cards you will be dealt, so you have to learn how to play the hand you get.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. so meaningful Paul❣️

    Liked by 1 person

  8. A great poem Paul. One needs to learn in the present moment

    Liked by 1 person

  9. A beautiful reflection on life, Paul. Thank you so much!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Well said.
    And with “risk” !!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Strange that so many live in competition for perfection. I like your view that life is circular and agree that it is not a race.

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  12. I think what we often miss when trying to find the future we miss the present right in front of our eyes until we come to a day when all we can do is dwelling in the past.

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  13. I don’t know how many present moments I have left, so I’m living in them!

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