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Regret: Forget the past and embrace today

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. March 26, 2010

As the winter turns into spring, the eyes of the sporting world focus on baseball — still America's national pastime. And I think about a talented young pitcher I once knew.

Described as a "natural," he had an arm like a rocket and could consistently throw a fastball over 90 mph. Although he was gifted, he languished in the minor leagues for several years. As often happens to young people with more talent than sense, he didn't invest in himself in terms of his well-being and physical fitness. By the time he realized how he'd shortchanged himself, his career was over.

Each spring he has that ache in his soul, wondering what his life might have been like had he taken better care of himself. This reminds me of a quote by an American writer, "For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"

We all have regrets. Each of us has something we wish we'd handled better. But that was yesterday. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never arrive. All we have is today. So how can we maximize our gifts and skills today?

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Mar. 26, 2010