Why did I get angry so fast that I couldn’t keep my mouth shut? A blabbermouth, rash and too quick to react. How I wished I hadn’t done that, things would have been different now. Afterwards I had many REGRETS.
What does it mean, to regret something? I have done a bit of research:
Regret is a negative conscious and emotional reaction to personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often expressed by the term ‘sorry’. Regret is often a feeling of sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression, annoyance, or guilt, after one acts in a manner and later wishes not to have done so.
Regret is distinct from guilt, which is a deeply emotional form of regret — one which may be difficult to comprehend in an objective or conceptual way. In this regard, the concept of regret is subordinate to guilt in terms of its emotional intensity. By comparison, shame typically refers to the social (rather than personal) aspect of guilt or (in minor context) regret as imposed by the society or culture (enforcement of ethics, morality), which has substantial bearing in matters of (personal and social) honor.
It is also distinct from remorse, which is a more direct and emotional form of regret over a past action that is considered by society to be hurtful, shameful, or violent. Unlike regret, it includes a strong element of desire for apology to others rather than an internal reflection on one’s actions, and may be expressed (sincerely or not) in order to reduce the punishment one receives.
Regret can describe not only the dislike for an action that has been committed, but also, importantly, regret of inaction. Many people find themselves wishing that they had done something in a past situation.
Enough information, we are here for YOUR story!
Write a story about REGRET in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.
Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.
Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…
Every two weeks on Wednesday I will post a new theme for this Six Word Story Challenge. Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.
Will you join me? Will you? Say you do And share the challenge news!
Have fun writing,
READ THE REGRET-STORIES OF:
- Bulldog: I rue the regret I feel.
- Crackerberries: OOPS
- Julia Davis: I regret every nap I didn’t take
- Marian Allen: #6WSC Regret
- Colonialist: I love you!’ said too late …
- Hash Tag, Jonathan: Six Word Story Challenge – Regret
- Ramblejim’s Blog: #6wsc Regret
- Mormors klagemur: Six Word Story Challenge: Regret
- Figments of a DuTchess: Words are Not Enough
- Noe and Cindy: Response to 6 word story challenge on Regret
- Colonialist: Six Word Story Challenge: Regret
- Karavanseraiet: Don’t regret
The next challenge will be posted on Wednesday, June 26. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verbeeld een Verhaal in Zes Woorden: Spijt.
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30 thoughts on “Six Word Story Challenge: Regret”
Don’t regret roads you can’t drive
In stead, take the ones you can. 😀
A good story!
Now in a post with picture.
Many regrets in only six words. Not all stories have a happy ending, eh Col?
We posted a couple of stories on our blog — thanks for the challenge!
(Gave each a title of six words too)
Hi Noe and Cindy, welcome! 😀 I’m so happy you participated, sorry for the delay. Life is too busy at the moment.
Two sad stories, with a load of actions and wrong decisions behind them. Well done!
My own entry: Words are Not Enough.
Here is my story.
HAve a nice day 🙂
Oh very strong, Mormor! It is good to stand by your decisions and actions. A great story you have written here.
If only, Jim. Your words are powerful and full of thoughts and images. Wonderful entry, thank you!
I think we all feel that way sometimes, Jim!
Here’s my take on this. 🙂
A beautiful story, Jonny. Regret is hard to let go of, but we need to move on.
‘I love you!’ said too late …
Have a nice day with few regrets.
*sings* …I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention … 🙂
How I wished your comment came with sound 😀
You’d un-wish that, if it did!
That is a sad story, Col. Very emotional words, that speak for themselves.
It does, I think, enable one to envisage a whole story – that is always the hard part. Mostly one is only able to capture a snapshot.
Here’s mine, dear sister!
Such a story behind only six words, Marian. Sad, and yet beautiful, because she was remembered and got flowers she loved so much.
Thank you, Sister!
So you “say”.
Have a nice day.
Oh I can feel your pain, Jules 😉
Hello M! This was a hard one… whew. Thank you for making my brain think hard, even though it was a little convicting. http://wp.me/p3dy1B-7M
Both your words and photo have many stories behind them. Thanks for participating! I found it tough myself too 😉
“I rue the regret I feel.”
That’s a double regret in only six words, very powerful. If we can stand behind very action we take, life would me merrier.