03/02/2013 09:29 am ET Updated May 02, 2013

Day 2: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 2 of 31 Days

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe (author, 1811-96)

I'm amazed by the passing of time. A year can seem to have vanished in a minute, especially in retrospect. It's unwise then, to postpone what you want because, before you know it, the opportunity will be taken away. So, why do we put things off? Is our fear of failure, disappointment or embarrassment really so great that we let it lay waste to our dreams? Perhaps. But we also procrastinate because we believe we'll live forever. We think that we'll always have tomorrow to do what we didn't have the courage to do today.

Failures fade and are forgotten, but regret festers forever. Regret will slowly wind its tendrils around your heart until it squeezes all the passion, joy and life out of you. Regret will leave you a shadow of yourself, until you no longer believe anything is possible anymore. If you let it. But it's never too late. Every day you have a choice. Don't waste it. Don't wait. You may not have tomorrow.

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