Towards the end of the movie, Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler famously says, “I could have done more, I could have done more… This car,” he says, “why did I keep it? I could have sold it and saved ten more lives. This stupid diamond pin,” he said of a pin on his lapel, “Even that I could have sold and gotten enough money to save one more life.” He kept weeping and kept repeating, “I could have done more, I could have done so much more.”
Even a great man, who overcame immense personal risk to save over 1,200 lives, still felt a deep sense of regret for not having done more.
What unfulfilled purpose wrecks you?
It doesn’t have to be as serious as it was for Schindler. What abandoned hobby, deserted dream, or missed opportunity makes you feel the pain of the path not taken?
Your purpose destroys you a little more every day that you don’t pursue it.
Did you try and fail? Did your passion slowly fade over time? Or were you too fearful to begin?
Tell me in the comments below…What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
I may feature your comments in a future article.