“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering and I responded… sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”
How true this is for me.
My biggest regret was a lack of courage to be kind.
It happened when I was a teacher, and for the graduation ceremony at the end of the year I had to select a student for an award. Two students were outstanding, and I submitted both of their names, my submission was rejected by the miserly, miserable excuse for a principal. He insisted I choose only one student. I caved in. I did that. And for the rest of my life the look of deep disappointment on the other child’s face will be with me. It is my shame that I did not stand up for her right to be acknowledged along with her peer. I was only 21 years old, and now I am old, and I still feel the pangs of sadness for the student I let down.
I can only hope she went on the have an amazingly happy life!!!!
That is not my only regret of the failure of kindness, but it was the first of my adult life, and it cut very deep.
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“To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
Henry David Thoreau
1817 – 1862