A Change of Plans

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
December 29, 2010

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly.

This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it.

I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”

I got tickets to fly there on “WISHIHAD” airlines. It was an extremely short flight.

I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been.

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event, the Annual Pity Party.

I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have.

Then came the I Had family.

You probably know ol’ Wish and his clan.

Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost.

The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.

Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance.

And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed.

But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME!

I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed.

One thing kept going through my mind, I can’t change yesterday, but I do have the power to make today a wonderful day.

I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.

Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again.

I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful.

By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.

God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up.

I live on ICANDOIT street.

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  1. beverley said:

    And we all stand there wondering how we got there. Also when i have noticed that when i refuse to go others gang up on me and try to make me feel like i fit right in.


  2. Lyn said:

    Oh dear, I see we’ve been to the same events and met the same people. Some of the people are extremely annoying and should be avoided at all costs. May your new year be blessed with all good things from our Heavenly Father as you continue to serve Him.


  3. Kindred spirits are we. Fingers are crossed that 2013 helps erase many of the doubts and uncertain feelings that plague so many of us. Blessings and best wishes!


  4. Justine said:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I find your website too very interesting and inspiring.


  5. "Working for Christ" said:

    For many, many years I took that same trip, flew on that same airline, checked into that same hotel, and went to that same party! Then I found Christ and, for the very first time, understood that I had the ability within myself to make changes and to make different choices – choices that lead to my happiness. Thanks so much for sharing! Your posts (and you, of course) are a blessing in my life! Happy New Year, Kenny T! 🙂


  6. Danielle said:

    Very amusing and insightful! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂


  7. This is an awesome story. I’ve heard it before from Joyce Meyer on her program. It’s really something that we need to think about. Now I can print it out and keep it. Thanks.


  8. Reblogged this on imconfident and commented:
    This is an awesome story about a trip that we all take but should definitely reconsider. I’ve heard it before on the Joyce Meyer program and it really made me think.


  9. Awesome!! Fantastic! Passing it on to my husband, ‘Mr. Full of Regret and Remorse’.


  10. Love the analogy! Thank you so much for the encouragement! Wonderful post!!


  11. I’ve been closely associated with all of those people at one time or another and I’ve been to the Pity Party many times. I’ve been visiting ICANDOIT Street a lot lately. It’s really nice there. I’m going to move into the neighborhood permanently.


  12. I loved this post!! It really spoke to how so many of us live our daily lives. I hope those whose hearts are ready to change read and understand!


  13. Dave said:

    Laughed at the memories of my mother – I always told her that SHE was VP of Guilt Trips, International! I had NO IDEA that they had branches in your reality! 😉 Thanks for an epic, uplifting reminder that WE hold the baggage, and WE can let go.


  14. Excellent post as we reflect back on the past year preparing to move into the New Year. Sometimes we look too far back and get bogged down in the past–buried with regret… Great post. Have a great weekend! 😀


  15. lilyboat said:

    most effectively put. Great selection for your blog!


  16. Awww, I love this. Wonderful thought though, God is so forgiving that He’s ready and waiting to continuously give us New Beginnings.

    Wonderful, just Wonderful!


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