Jo’s Journal: You Can’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

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You Can’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

Focus on What Matters, Not What You Can’t Change

by Joanne Troppello

A few weeks ago, I asked the following question on Twitter about regrets:

I got some interesting responses. I have several regrets in life. I’m sure most of us do. There was one guy that I NEVER should have dated and I’m glad we broke up. Then I met my husband and we lived happily ever after. Ok, so it’s not a fairy tale. It’s real life, but I’m glad something good happened after experiencing a bad relationship.

I’ve made some financial decisions that I’ve regretted. However, my biggest financial regret is that my husband and I didn’t invest in the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin when it was invented in 2008. We heard about it and wanted to research it more. Then we never invested. We thought, this was not going anywhere.

Well, when it originated, the initial value of one Bitcoin was $0.08. We had $150 extra to invest. If we bought Bitcoin with that $150, we could have purchased 1,875 individual Bitcoins. That was 13 years ago.

We heard Glenn Beck discussing Bitcoin again a few years ago on his radio show. After learning more, my husband and I decided to invest in Bitcoin, and also Etherium and Litcoin (two other cryptocurrencies). We invested $150 and three years later we increased our investment 10-fold.

That’s great. However, the current value of 1 Bitcoin is $58,364.35 (US)—currently as of March 19th, 6:53 pm when writing this article—and it has gone up and down through the years.

Just imagine if we had invested that extra $150 back when Bitcoin originated in 2008. If 1 Bitcoin equals $58,364.35 in March 2021, and we would have had 1,875 individual Bitcoins—that would equal $109,433,156.25. That’s over 109 million dollars!!

Okay, so yes that’s a big regret of mine. We literally bought our $150 worth of cryptocurrency three years ago and then hadn’t looked at our digital wallet in all that time. A few months ago, I mentioned it to my husband, and we checked it again. That’s when we saw the 10-fold increase on our investment—AND that’s when we realized how much money we could have made if we’d invested in 2008.

I was bummed out about that realization for a few days. Then, I realized I needed to let it go and be happy that we had at least invested in it when we did and be happy that our investment increased by so much.

Seeking What Really Matters

I remember my mom saying when we were younger, You can’t cry over spilled milk. This saying means that you shouldn’t dwell on the things you cannot change. Focus on things that you can change.

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:12-14 (NKJV)

One thing I should be focused on is not having any regrets in my spiritual walk. Knowing that I am starting off each day with the Lord and listening to His direction for my life. That’s not always the case, but it’s something I am striving for daily.

Do you have any regrets in life?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.