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Motivational Monday…No Regrets

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Motivational Monday…No Regrets


Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and
never regret anything that makes you smile.

Mark Twain

When I read the quote above from one of my favorite sources of funny and oh-so-true sayings, I knew I had to share it. 

Perhaps it takes growing older for the life is short saying to truly sink in. It hits even harder when someone we know or read about is taken far too soon. 


Break the rules but please don’t break any laws. Remember when we were told not to wear white after Labor Day or to drink white wine with fish?  Who cares!!! There are rules from who knows where that should we break them won’t land us in jail. Live your life and enjoy it!


Forgive quickly and kiss slowly. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting. Forgiving is for your benefit and allows you to move on in your life. Kiss slowly…I don’t know if Twain meant it literally but for me, it means to cherish every moment you have with your loved one. 

Love truly. If you are lucky to find true love…your soul mate, then you have found your fortune in life. 


Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. I am a huge fan of belly laughs.


 And…don’t laugh…but every morning I begin my day with a minute or two smiling at the cute dog and cat posts on Instagram.  


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the things you did do. 

Attributed to Mark Twain

Carry this with you through the week when you feel in need of a mental lift!!!

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Comments (19)

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are really good thoughts and we should definitely make sure we are having fun in life!  I love the photo of the kids laughing, so much fun!

Mar 04, 2024 04:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Brian England I make it a point to laugh as much and as often as I can. I'm skeptical around people who never smile or laugh. 

Mar 04, 2024 10:56 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yes Kathy, Embrace laughter without reservation and cherish every moment that brings a smile to your face!

Mar 04, 2024 05:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we need more laughter and things or situations in our lives that bring smiles to our faces. 

Mar 04, 2024 10:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes excellent thoughts for every day! Go for it, whatever it is!

Mar 04, 2024 05:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti Look at you! You did and look how happy you are. 

Mar 04, 2024 10:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Kathy Streib - I am definitely happy!

Mar 04, 2024 01:19 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I appreciate the quotes you share.  Your beginning stages of a list of things-that-are-not-suppose-to-happen can lead to a segue on regrets.  Regrets have been on my mind as I continue to ponder context.    

Mar 04, 2024 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs I'd have to believe that most of us have some regrets in our lives. There are some things I regret having done and others I regret not doing. I can't wait to read your ponderific post on regrets. 

Mar 04, 2024 10:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - some messages in my posts are so subtle that they only make sense to me.  And I am an audience that appreciates them.  A lot at times.  😃

Mar 04, 2024 11:05 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kathy Streib 

I just got in from Men's Prayer. Your post is a good add-on to the beginning of a workweek. Have a great week

Mar 04, 2024 05:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Doug Dawes thank you!!!  The ideas in the quote are simple ones but I think it helps to think about them from time to time. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:01 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Life is far too short, and no one should carry the burden of anger beyond the first step. Nver live life looking through the rear-view mirror.

Mar 04, 2024 05:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I like that..."never take the burden of anger beyond the first step."  When I get angry, it's over in a second and I move on. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Goooood morning, Kathy.
So, you're one of those cute cat-post people? LOL  It's hard to live life with NO regrets because not everything we try is going to work out but, hey, we shouldn't regret trying, right?

Mar 04, 2024 06:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I'm actually more of a god person but I like cats as well. There are the cutest animal reels on Instagram. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:07 AM
Carol Williams

Hey Kathy Streib 
I think you might have meant "dog" but "god" works too! 😊

Mar 04, 2024 11:50 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

All good thoughts from your quote today. Laughter is good for your health as well. We all need a good laugh often if not every day.

Mar 04, 2024 07:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I agree, laughter is good for your health and like a vitamin, we should laugh every day. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:08 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Although (I think) it is impossible to go through life without regrets...I do think you can try and limit them from this day forward!

Mar 04, 2024 07:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree...we all have had regrets for things done and not done. I do try to limit mine. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:10 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Good thoughts and so true about laughter is a good medicine, smiles and just taking a few moments to enjoy our furry friends or an early morning sunrise.

Mar 04, 2024 07:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith it's interesting that when you smile at someone, 99% of the time they'll smile back at you!!  Smiles are important. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:11 AM
Leanne Smith

Very true Kathy Streib 

Mar 04, 2024 11:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Kathy and Mark Twain always came up with some great quotes and thanks for reminding them today about them.


Mar 04, 2024 07:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I love the humor of Mark Twain. Dry and funny. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Love all the quotes and pics...your post if definitely a mental lift for the week! Thank you for the wit, energy and positive vibes!

Mar 04, 2024 09:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Thank YOU for your very kind words. I'm waiting for the day that Miss B will be in the Kids Challenge on the Food Network. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your quote selections.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 04, 2024 09:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Roy Kelley Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Mar 04, 2024 11:13 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy for me forgiving is much easier that forgetting.  Hard to forget.

Mar 04, 2024 11:59 AM
Kathy Streib

I'm the same way George Souto I move on and I may forgive but I don't forget. 

Mar 04, 2024 05:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are great quotes, Kathy. Life really is short.  And, as we age, it moves faster than smoke through a keyhole.

Mar 04, 2024 02:10 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat I love that phrase...smoke through a keyhole.It's a fact of life that as we get older, time moves faster. 

Mar 04, 2024 05:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 04, 2024 02:16 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 04, 2024 05:11 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

As we age, our priorities change but when I get older, I want to laugh more, Kathy. Love this post!

Mar 04, 2024 02:56 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I love to laugh and I love making people laugh. For me, there's nothing like a good belly laugh or when you laugh so hard you cry. 

Mar 04, 2024 05:12 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kathy Streib these are excellent quotes for we need to enjoy ans have fun in life.

Mar 04, 2024 04:39 PM
Kathy Streib

John Pusa Thank you!  And yes, we need to enjoy our lives and laugh more. 

Mar 04, 2024 05:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post and the message you sent, on a side note I have been to Mark Twain's house in Hartford CT two or three times in my life so the quote really resonated with me, Endre

Mar 04, 2024 10:49 PM