Mr Gorbachev talked about some of his regrets. How he should have known better. Mr G has regrets, but he didn't do anything at the time. So are they just rose-tinted and fuelled by hindsight and a desire to have remained in power for longer? I don't know as I can't ask the man what the real motivations were.
I'm sure most of us don't want to get to the point where we find ourselves at 80 years old (Lord willing) with a pile of things we wish we'd said or done.
Of lessons we wish we'd learned the first few times, not the twentieth time. Or we've still not learned.
Lots of sporting analogies and blasé statements fill our Twitter streams and Facebook feeds. The reality is, however, that life is all about making decisions.
Too often, I think we make the decision to drop out. To not even make a choice and *let fate decide*. Really?
Is that life in all it's fullness?
I don't think so. I'm not for making 100 strategic decisions about your day before you've got out of bed.
But there's an opporuntity for those of us who want to listen for the Spirit of God as we follow the way of Jesus to find out there's much grace to be discovered as we make decisions in light of His truth and His mercy. If He is with us, are we paying attention? Are we bothered? There's no magic formula, but by faith all things are possible.
In fact, maybe we can avoid regret by spending less time looking through the rose-tints and more time in the present that shapes the future.