The Power of Regret

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“I regret not having spent more time with my mother.”

President Obama got personal Sunday when he spoke of regret to University of Malaya students and South East Asia leaders during a visit to Kuala Lumpur.

“Because she died early — she got cancer right around when she was my age, actually, she was just a year older than I am now — she died.  It happened very fast, in about six months.”

The president wasn’t above being honest enough to admit his regrets. He’ll forever second-guess the time he didn’t spend with his mother, Ann Dunham, who was 52 when she died of ovarian cancer in 1995. In searching our own past, we likely will find at least one thing that we regret. We strive to live life absent of any regret and to live everyday as if it was our last, to tell all of the people that we care about that we love them. We hope to make every decision with one thought in mind, and that is to never look back and ask “What if?” Read the rest of this entry »