Could It Have Been Different?

We’ll never know

Ann Litts
Mindfully Speaking
Published in
3 min readJun 10, 2024


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I don’t live with much regret in my life. A very long time ago, I was handed a lesson from The Universe about letting go of past regrets and future anxieties. A lesson that sharply brought home the message that I was NOT in charge.

But, I had made choices in my past and would make choices in my future that would resonate with repercussions. And I was in charge of making those choices.

So it wasn’t all just destiny. Or was it?

Whenever I ponder my life, I try very hard to do so with compassion. Would I have made different choices? Followed a different path? Would knowing then what I know now change those decisions? What might I have experienced? Where might I have landed?

Deep questions that usually come to me when I close my eyes and attempt to turn off my brain for the night. The compassion and grace I give myself for the decisions made and the path taken interrupt my thoughts. And I know — I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I realize that my yesterday choices and my today decisions were/are all made from a place of authenticity. I may not have made the same choices today that I did in my yesterdays, however, I am not the same person as I was in those yesterdays.