Desire and regret, regret and desire

If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.
If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.

– Vera Pavlova, Russian poet

We don’t need to fear endings. If we are sad when something ends, it means that there was something good and worthwhile in whatever it was that ended, and if it was good and worthwhile, then we will always have happy memories of it, and isn’t that all we have in the end of everything anyway?

Thanks to MR for sharing the poem.


3 thoughts on “Desire and regret, regret and desire

  1. Flabbermongerishness February 1, 2011 / 1:47 am

    At the risk of tastelessly putting links to other blogs in your comments, this post rather reminds me of something I read once over here:

    Especially the last paragraph or so, which was quite romantic, and reminded me also of a broadway show whose name escapes me at present.

    what does matter is that whatever experiences you shared together were capable of wrenching your heart into a vise in the first place. that’s evidence that you found love of one sort or another, and shit, it doesn’t get much better than that.

    I believe you and the author might get along quite nicely. Oh, and btw – your new design is stunning.


    • C. Puls February 1, 2011 / 2:04 am

      Dear Mr. Flabbermongerishness,
      Thank you for your comment. I welcome all input and opinions, even superfluous linkage. The paragraph that you quote is indeed similar in message to my present post but not as awesome because it uses the words “vise” and “shit” and “wrench” in the same sentence which just sounds painful and/or yucky. Nonetheless perhaps I and the author will have the pleasure of meeting someday.



  2. UM February 9, 2011 / 5:44 am

    while I mainly think about the teaching of Buddhasa Bikkhu the quote that comes to my mind is “who can depart from his pain and aloneness without regret?” The Prophet by Khalil Gibrain.


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