Sometimes Regrets are Good

I learned many things about myself when I used to go to Alcoholic’s Anonymous and do the Steps, but I didn’t always agree with everything I read in the literature. One of those things was one of the Promises written in the Big Book…”we will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.” Even with thirteen years of continuous sobriety under my belt, I still feel some regret for not being a better father and husband than I was.

I do, however, agree with the last part of that Promise, and I actually use the way I feel to help others. I explain to people that we can use the sadness, and in many cases anger we feel towards ourselves, to help motivate us to be a better person today.

I get emotional at times when speaking about my past, but quite a few people have told me they feel a connection when I cry. You’d be surprised at how many people relate to feelings of sadness and anger for past regrets, and how much better they feel hearing someone talk about it.

Sometimes regrets are good. Especially when they can help us remember we’re no longer who we used to be. I’m not the same person I was in my drinking days and I’m glad I’m able to use the way I feel about my past to help others.

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Author: Darryl S. Duke

I love life and people. I also enjoy writing about things that can help others find greater happiness. I know many people have negative and often misunderstood conceptions about alcoholism and addiction. My goal is to help remove the shame and stigma associated with what most experts now agree is a progressive, chronic, relapsing, and sometimes deadly brain disease.

2 thoughts on “Sometimes Regrets are Good”

  1. I keep reading this posting over and over; really hit home with me and my life; Perfectly stated.
    Congratulations on your achievements in life. God Bless You

  2. I can truly understand the message in this post and it helps to know that I’m not alone. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I hope you don’t mind that I came across your profile on Facebook through a friend’s post and admired your values. I was curious about your website, and would like to say good luck with your book!

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