Gimmicks don't win championships, nor do they create lasting change in our lives. It only through smaller, consistent achievement where ultimate victory is earned. The principle of accumulated achievement is universally applicable.
Regret can be a powerful teaching tool. Regret is the remembrance of shame and is the tool by which God creates a lasting lesson in our hearts and minds. While the shame of our actions or lack thereof can pass, the regret is designed to spur us to a wiser course the next time we are confronted with similar challenges.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.
“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”
Some prayers seem to go unanswered. Garth Brooks sings of being thankful for those unanswered prayers. Here is a principle to increase the frequency that you receive answers or at least understanding why they never came when you thought you needed them most.