Regret is the Piranha in My Soul


The Piranha of Regret

Regret eats away at the
soul, nibbling tiny
piranha bites from

Unlike the murky waters of the
Amazon, though, regret lives
solo in the fish tank of our

Woulda, shoulda, coulda,
form relentless chanting as wepiranha
shake our memories over the

Envisioning different outcomes
if only we had noticed sooner
that our daughters sliced in

Surely, we could have
orchestrated other outcomes
by better vigilance and deeper

A kinder word, a compassionate smile,
anything to signal that we know,
yet judge not, because we, too, fall

Do we feed our memories to
regret, or do we forgive
ourselves and ask for

Start anew and form relationships
reborn in honesty and uncloaked by
selfish motives and blind

Love well.
Forgive often. Search
beneath the surface for pockets of

Shun regret.

Do You Struggle?

Do you struggle with regret? I wish I could record entire conversations and scenes in my life over again. Things I spoke in ignorance that hurt other people—especially my daughters. If only I knew then what I know now about mental illness, anxiety, and depression.

I pray daily now that the ‘words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart’ be acceptable to God. My words have the power to speak hope—but only if I let the One who represents hope guide them.

Learn to express your emotions and teach your children how to do so as well. Let them know that it’s ok to have feelings and show by example how to express them in a healthy way.

May you have the bravery to face any piranhas in your soul and take back your memories.

Choose words wisely from the quiver of your heart. Tip each arrow with grace and love. #regret Click To Tweet

*I realize that the fish in the photo is NOT a piranha…I wouldn’t want to jump in a body of water full of piranhas, so I chose a toothsome fish from my photo files.



  1. Oh friend, yes to all of this. So many conversations I replay in my head and heart too. yes, let’s steak words of hope. I’m in the spot ahead of you this week.

  2. Anita, what a beautiful post. Yes, regret is like a piranha to our souls, isn’t it? Thank you for the reminder that my words need to be spoken in love. Just tonight, my youngest was being disrespectful (again). I got on him, and he called me on my tone. I need to be careful so that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart can be considered acceptable to my Father. I love that verse by the way.

    Beautiful, my friend!

  3. So descriptive! You are exactly right, regret does eat at you like a piranha.

    In your poem, you said forgive often. I think that is key. And by forgiving, may others forgive us.

    The big one, though, is forgiving ourselves!
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  4. Oh Anita, those piranhas of motherhood! Those “coulda, woulda, and especially shoulda’s“ that swim around our souls! Taking what we’ve learned and using it now in a positive way. I find that being a grandparent is like that second chance, not only with my grandsons but with my daughter as a parent. It’s a way to “start anew”. You’ve written a powerful post and I found meaning in it for myself! Thank you for sharing your experiences! Cindy
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  5. Oh Anita! Thank you. I so vividly could see your words in my actions!

    “Do we feed our memories to
    regret, or do we forgive
    ourselves and ask for

    Thank you for the perspective.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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