Never Dally In The Field Of Vain Regret

A stitchery created by my wife Kathleen Hansen.
A stitchery created by my wife Kathleen Hansen. | Source

The Inspiration

I was having trouble thinking of a topic for a new hub, so I asked my wife could she think of a subject I could write about. She thought for a moment, then pointed to a stitchery wall hanging that she had made and suggested I write a poem on whatever was written on it.

The stitchery is of a little house on a hill surrounded by flowers and hearts with the words, "Never Dally In The Field Of Vain Regret," across the top.

Below is the poem it inspired.

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Never Dally In The Field Of Vain Regret

We often look back with regret

At things we ne'er achieved.

The personal reward or praise

Sought, but not received.


If you could have your time again

Would you change decisions made,

Choose a different path in life,

A career more highly paid?


Are you jealous of a friend

Who travelled around the world,

Then made a fortune selling shares

While your dreams stayed unfurled?


Try not to think what may have been,

To dwell on what is past.

Do the best with what you have,

Because life speeds by too fast.

If you have health, embrace it,

You'll miss it when it's gone.

Make the most of every day,

Don't say, "I wish I'd done..."


All of us have talents

That others often crave.

Develop every skill you have,

Be stoic, strong, and brave.


God has a special path for you

That you may not realise yet.

So be happy, never dally

In the field of vain regret.

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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

hitting the nail on the head jo


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you sujaya, much appreciated.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very nice, Jodah. I love the homey, nostalgic wall hanging your wife made, it is lovely. I am really enjoying your poetry. I like that song, too. It is good to let the past lie in peace and do the best we can with what we have today. Very good thoughts.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Excellent. The coulda woulda shouldas can easily overcome you if you let them. I like your tone and your lesson.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Phyllis. I appreciate you taking the time to read so many of my hubs and offer your insightful and kind comments. I love the Corrs music, glad you enjoyed too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Phyllis. I appreciate you taking the time to read so many of my hubs and offer your insightful and kind comments. I love the Corrs music, glad you enjoyed too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Flourish, you're right they sure can take over if you don't fight them. Sorry if I seem like a preacher in my recent hubs...lol...just seem to have a bit of a theme going on at the moment.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Your wife had a great idea and you have written a wonderful poem with a good message to live in this present day to the fullest as we cannot go back but can learn from the past and we may not have a tomorrow so today is the day to seize! Up and more, pinning and tweeting. Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith, thanks for your kind and interesting comment. Appreciate your voting up, pinning and tweeting. Seize the day.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I also meant to mention that I love your wife's stitching. Beautiful


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks, I'll tell her.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very good John, too many wasted thoughts in the vain of could have been. Very well done. ^


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

You and your wife make quite a team. Very nice work, John, about something I never do.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

What should have been don't matter to me now is what counts and that is most important to me. Your message is loud and clear. You certainly have teamwork.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jackie, yes they are wasted thoughts but most of us do t at times.

Thanks Bill, yes she is a great help at times. You are a wise man to not waste your time on vain regrets.

DDE, good to see you. I appreciate your comment, take care.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

A great piece of advice, Jodah. Make each day a step toward a life with no regrets.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shauna, that's what we should aim for..no regrets.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well done, John! You have a brilliant wife.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

All of us have talents

That others often crave.

Develop every skill you have,

Be stoic, strong, and brave.

Oh yes beautiful and so fitting words. Loved this gem Jodah. you area wonderful poet and I feel privileged to enjoy. Take care and enjoy your day my friend.

Eddy.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Eddy your kind words are greatly appreciated. I love your poetry too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Will, yes I sure do partner. ;)


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sweethearts2 2 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Inspired by a talent and work of art, that's what you've done for all your readers and followers.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Sweethearts2, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes you are correct, my wife' talent and work of art was my inspiration. Thank you.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Love the needlework that inspired your poem, and love the poem, too. We all have regrets, but there's no point in looking back, if we don't watch where we're going we'll most likely trip up, so it's best to look forward.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wise words Blossom, we need to watch the path ahead so we don't trip.. Thanks for the praise of my wife's needlework and poem too.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What a beautiful topic and poem you have written. I so enjoyed reading this. You really did this subject justice with your poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Suzette for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Great husband-wife combination resulting in good poetry and great message. Thank you.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry is awesome and always has a message. I like that. I agree with you, life is too short to live in the past....Lovely wall hanging!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Yes, I'm all for it. Very lovely message of embrace oneself with all love and grace. I also enjoyed the very soothing music and song so sweetly sung by the wonderful singer. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure MsDora, thank you.

Aw Ruby, thank you for your kind words...yeah my wife is talented.

Thanks for your fne comment Harishprasad, glad you like The Corrs too.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Beautiful message here John--and your wife's stitchery is beautiful as well!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Oh Wow! I love this poem! so darn true too! the message is something we should all take notice off, wonderful!


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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

This is beautiful and has a very important message. I think regret can serve an important purpose, but wallowing in it can keep us from experiencing today, which is all we have.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@Audrey, that' very kind of you. Thanks for reading.

@ Nell, thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed this one and agree with the message.

@ Crystal, welcome to my hub world. Thank you for reading and your kind insightful comment. I hope to see you again.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for such a beautifully written reminder. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

No problem Jamie, thanks for reading.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful... Awesome... and full of wisdom. I love this poem but cause it speak to the soul. It is an excellent poem for young people on understanding why living your life to the fullest is so important so you won't be filled with regrets. also good for people who have allowed themselves to feel regret. Everyday you wake up is a day God has given you to fulfill your purpose. Voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Dana for the vote up. I agree with everything you say, we have to thank God for what he has provided for us and enthusiastically do whatever purpose he has for us. God bless.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah very good my friend :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, I always appreciate your encouraging comments.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

do not crane your neck to view back unnecessarily


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is good advice sujaya. Thanks.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Terrific, Jodah....Your wife's hand-stitched creation is beautiful and the poem it inspired is as well. The maxim on her wall hanging made a perfect title for your verses. Looking back may help us avoid making the same mistake twice, but looking back too much rather than living in the present and preparing for the future is a mistake in itself.

Voted Up++++ and shared.

Jaye


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for sharing that insightful comment Jaye, and for your kind words regarding the hand-stitching and the poem. I am getting Kathy to inspire me more often...lol.


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Anita lesic 2 years ago from Zagreb

amazing poem ;) :* great


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Anita, and your generous comment.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

I very much love this reaffirmation of why it is better to create in your life those things which can be beneficial for ones personal growth. This is very moving, inspiring. Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub and the important reasons for bringing to a halt, the things that don't make us happy. Shared, Up & tweeted!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for reading this Jo and for your generous and insightful comment. I usually try to write hubs that will inspire others, or encourage them to do what is right for the world in general. Whether I succeed I don't know but at least I try..lol. Thank you also for the vote up, share and tweet.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

This is great and very wise. I love Eeyore too, usually gloomy but often has words of wisdom!

What a pretty stitched picture! Clever wife, clever husband! Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Ann, you are very kind :)


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm going to memorize this poem. What an excellent message. Don't look back, look forward.

I like combining the two words "vain and regret."

Never thought of regret as being vain. The thing I like most about HP, other than friendships, is how we learn so much from one another. Thank you and your wife for teaching me. Votes across and sharing. ~ Audrey


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment Audrey. You are so right, we can all learn from one another at HP. Glad you learnt something new from this, and it is a real compliment that you want to memorize the poem. Thanks for the vote up and share too.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Allright Jodah! You and wife make an awesome team with your skills and talents. You're a very fortunate and blessed couple. I can relate very much to your poem. Glad to know of you my brother.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much word. Glad you can relate. Your hub made me think of this one. Take care.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm back again to reward myself with this marvelous message. And, again, I love the stitchery your wife made. I'm relating to each line your wrote, especially, " If you have health, embrace it,

You'll miss it when it's gone."

You are filled with magic when you write poetry.

Voted across (not funny) and sharing. - Audrey


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Audrey, thank you for revisiting this hub. I also appreciate your kind words (so does my wife) and glad you didn't tick 'funny'. Have a good day.


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

This is a touching poem. It is a little piece of wisdom inspired by a lovely piece of creative art. I appreciate your teamwork in creativity so much. For far too long life has called me to move forward. Now a few steps in the right direction are a good thing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you starstream for your kind words. Good luck in moving forward.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

It's good to focus on God's plan for you, and not compare yourself to others. Great advice.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks ologs. Those are wise words.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice poem with an important message for everyone to follow!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Chitrangada and for your kind words.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

We all waste too much time looking back in life instead of looking forward! Beautiful poem....voted Up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Mary. You said it all in so few words.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I am glad you posted this today. Very much what I needed to hear.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you teaches. God seems to put the answers or things we need to hear in front of us at the right times. I am so glad this helped.


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write-with-coffee 2 years ago from Bangalore

Wow! I've been on a regret binge for a few weeks now wishing I'd done a few things differently and your words helped me understand that everybody goes through these phases and wasting time on regrets is useless. That was such a beautiful thought and lovely poem. Thank you!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for reading this poem write-with-coffee. it hasn't had a lot of views recently, but this hub does have the ability to be there when someone needs to read this particular message. I am very glad it was a help to you at this particular time.


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PegCole17 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Wonderful sentiments and a great philosophy. I love the stitchery and the fact that you used it as a writing prompt was impressive. "The field of vain regret" is full of weeds that snare us. I once had a friend who liked to say, "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Peg. I like that saying by your friend, she could be right. Also your saying "The field of vain regret" is full of weeds that snare us.

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