The Things I’ve Gone and Done

by Sheila on September 18, 2010

It’s not because I’m fearless that I will brave scary things. Love can give even the likes of me the heart of a lion.

I want to share this beautiful song by Carrie Newcomer.  I could not find the audio on YouTube unfortunately, so I’ll share her words. At the end of this post I’ll include a vid of her singing another song.

Take down your defenses

Like you’ve taken off your clothes

It’s a glorious insurrection

Not to hold your secrets close

What’s the use in counting errors

Or the help in counting sheep

I don’t intend to live my whole life out

Just to find I was asleep.


It’s not the things I’ve gone and done

I’ll regret or be ashamed

But the things I did not say or do

Just because I was afraid

How mysterious and wondrous

The strange circlings of the mind

And that I can see as far ahead of me

As  can see behind

Hindsight’s alwyas 20/20

But we see just what we want to see

And I used to pray for wisdom

Now I know just what that means

I’m learning to forgive

And relearn it everyday

Every time I stop to gather stones

I straighten up and walk away

I don’t have another message

I don’t have anything to sell

And there  are no easy answers

As far as I can tell

And I don’t believe that Jesus was crazy

Or that it is Mohammad’s fault

When something good can get so twisted

That there’s no semblance at all

Just because the odds are bad

Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t risk

Don’t believe it will not happen

Just because it hasn’t happened yet.

It’s not the things I’ve gone and done

I’ll regret or be ashamed

But the things I did not say or do

Just because I was afraid

This video clip spoke to me because she mentions about her dad asking her what she does. My dad still, jokingly, asks if I work for the Cleveland Browns (as a coach!). I say, “No , but I have had some Browns as clients.

I have always held the mindset that “regret” is such a waste of time and energy. In fact, everything that has happened was needed, truly. Perhaps I wasnt’ ready when this or that seemed to come along. So, it really is simply all part of my path. There is no wrong or even mis-step.  I trust this. It is probably the only truth I feel.

I will really welcome your comments on my blog here.

  • Does this song move you?
  • What do you feel?
  • Do you have regrets?
  • What are they?
  • Who are you now?

And enjoy this song by her…..

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

shannon September 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM

it's what i needed today, thanks;-)


sheilamikulin September 20, 2010 at 1:40 AM

Hey Shannon – glad it came at the right time for you. I love when that happens.


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