If Only


As I looked in the box of cracked china, I laughed. I had spontaneously bid on a pile of junk at the auction, that I didn’t preview. Antique auctions move quickly and if you don’t act fast, someone else will. There are times during the bidding process I experience, “analysis paralysis”. Should I? Shouldn’t I? When I get stuck in thought, I don’t do anything, I’m hit with regret, as I watch a stranger grab their new item, that should of been mine.

To buy or not to buy, is really not important in the big picture. It is a good example of how regret works because the consequences are immediate. Typically it takes a while for “if only” to come full circle.


It’s not uncommon to be overly cautious to avoid a blunder. No one wants to be embarrassed, wrong or to deliberately purchase chipped porcelain. However, what do miss out on, when we try to be right all the time?

I’m declaring today as Mistake Monday! Get out of your habitual behaviors. Try something new! If you screw up…who cares! It’s Mistake Monday! 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Miriam says:

    Mistakes are really just learning experiences aren’t they?

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    1. plankful says:

      Yes! I used to avoid them at all costs! Now I see them as a chance to grow, learn …and laugh!

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      1. Miriam says:

        Absolutely. I share your sentiments.

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  2. How would we ever learn and grow (and laugh) if we refused to risk making mistakes?!

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  3. BelleUnruh says:

    Love your attitude. One thing you can do with broken china is make a mosaic table top. They can be quite beautiful.

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    1. plankful says:

      I love your idea! I didn’t even think of that! ❤️👍

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  4. Hammad Rais says:

    Very nice idea indeed but I do know certain individuals whose jaws will drop on the floor if I make a mistake on Monday. Because for them, weekend is reserved for a person’s internal battery charging so that he/she can be more productive for the next 5 days and that too, without making an mistake.

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