The game of “what if”
leads down treacherous paths –
bough-bidden, forested pasts
infested with doubts and repentances.
The past cannot be altered.
It can only be studied or examined
and from it, knowledge gleaned.
Regret tethers yesterday to the future,
binds choices to perpetual
misconstrued remembrances.
The difference between
the “could haves”
and the “should haves”
rests in the intent.
Well-meaning intention
cannot live in the past.
It exists in the moments
looking towards the future.
Change rarely occurs
in huge sweeping steps.
It happens in small moments,
collected by gentle hands
willing to love.


No matter how hard we try, we cannot change the past. We can only make today what we wish it to be… our actions today will mold a tomorrow closer to what we wish it to be. Take steps towards the YOU you want to be.

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


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